Last week, clinical social worker Cathy Arney and I explored how environment — particularly an abusive one — can have a tremendous effect on a child’s development. When the home is plagued by violence, that behavior directly and indirectly teaches children that violent, abusive behavior is acceptable — even “normal.”
Today’s podcast guest experienced this firsthand.
Raised by a single mother in a loving and supportive home, Jenissee Volpintesta says that the home she and her sisters grew up in had instances of abuse by her mother’s partner. Jenissee left the house at 17, and shortly after moved in with her boyfriend and became pregnant with his child. Within a matter of months, she says the relationship became abusive.
“There is this want to create a ‘nuclear family’, especially when you come from a broken home, where there was an absent parent,” Jenissee says.
To close this series, Jenissee Volpintesta was brave enough to share her story. Today, she describes the physical, emotional and psychological abuse she endured, and how she was (eventually) able to confront her abusers and create a new life for herself and for her children.
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