Mark Metcalf

The psychology of domestic abuse

By - Apr 14th, 2011 04:00 am

Photo by Nickolas Nikolic. Models: Nicole Koontz and Sue Her

“When a child grows up in a home where frustration or crises that come in normal family life are being addressed through violence, they learn that they either become violent or they receive violence,” says Cathy Arney, a clinical social worker and the Vice President of Clinical Services at Pathfinders, a Milwaukee-based shelter and resource center for homeless youth.

Cathy Arney

“It doesn’t mean that every child who witnesses domestic abuse grows up to be an abuser or grows up to be abused, but the statistics are really high that they will. Especially with young boys.”

There is no doubt that what happens inside the home can have a tremendous effect on children. When that environment is abusive, it sends a message that violence is an acceptable way to deal with problems. Outside of the home, Arney says that there are an abundance of societal messages that directly and indirectly reinforce that same idea.

Today, Cathy and I will explore how media, environment and gender training can perpetuate the cycle of violence, and also what organizations like Pathfinders are doing to help kids and young adults un-learn these behaviors.

Listen now:

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2 thoughts on “PODCAST: The psychology of domestic abuse”

  1. Erin Latella says:

    The windows media player button isn’t working, Is this podcast still available?

  2. Mark Metcalf says:

    I don’t know. I have been away from that desk for almost five years. Tom Strini may know.

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