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Standing Up to Bullying - WTLC: Ending the Cycle of Violence and Exploitation
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Standing Up to Bullying

 

Studies show that children exposed to violence at home tend to participate in higher levels of physical bullying than young people who were not witnesses to violent behavior.

 

The emotional and psychological injuries from domestic violence and bullying can have longer impacts than physical wounds. There is an increasing number of adult clients here who have never addressed the childhood trauma they experienced from violence or bullying. At WTLC, we don’t just treat the child, we treat the entire family to address their relationship issues, emotional scars, and trauma from growing up. When adults have families and children, it can bring up emotional wounds that haven’t healed and are now resurfacing and negatively impact their current family unit.

 

It’s important to seek help if you or a family member are struggling with the impact of violence or bullying. We provide programs and work with children ages 3 and up, including family members of any age. Our clinical team provides counseling for a myriad of behavioral and mental health concerns through individual, family, and group counseling.

 

Warning signs of teenagers living with domestic abuse:

  • Poor grades, failing in school
  • Running away
  • Inability to express feelings
  • Property destruction
  • Violent outbursts

 

Warning signs of bullying:

  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Declining grades, loss interest in schoolwork
  • Self-destructive behaviors (e.g., hurting themselves, running away from home, talking about suicide)
  • Decreased self-esteem

 

Being aware of the symptoms and the developmental impact is a step toward advocacy and advancement in the treatment of children exposed to violence or bullying. If you recognize these symptoms, reach out to a mental health professional, a school counselor, or someone in authority who can assist with addressing the problem. It’s time to stop the cycle of abuse for the health of everyone – at school, at home, and at work.

 

For more information on this program, please call our 24/7 helpline at 877-531-5522.