Monsters: How Domestic Violence Affects Children
“Monsters,” a provocative new video, portrays the alarming impact of domestic violence on families and children, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Produced and funded by the Verizon Foundation and supported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the video encourages the public to get involved in domestic violence prevention and education efforts, and also emphasizes that help for victims and their families is just a phone call away: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).
Verizon Wireless customers can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline by dialing #HOPE. The hotline offers confidential help 24/7. To help support the hotline’s efforts, Verizon Wireless, through HopeLine has donated $75,000.
HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and recycles or refurbishes them to support domestic violence victims and survivors.
The video, two minutes and 34 seconds long, graphically describes how domestic violence affects children. The child’s voice states:
“A child who lives with domestic violence lives in darkness. …She struggles to separate her nightmares from reality because there’s very little difference. The child who lives with domestic violence isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s afraid of her dad because the monster doesn’t live in her closet – it’s just down the hall.”
Studies suggest that between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year. And according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, witnessing violence between parents or caregivers is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
The video notes that girls who witness abuse are more likely to be abused later in life, and boys are twice as likely to abuse their own partners – “because that’s the world they know.”
Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said: “To end this devastating cycle of violence, we must motivate silent bystanders to take action. We believe that this provocative video will help us accomplish this life-saving goal.”
The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 29.