Interpersonal violence happens to boys and
girls. Offenders can be either sex as well.
Victims often blame themselves. Its
important to always remember that the
decision to commit the act of violence was
the offenders and that the victim is never
to blame. Being vulnerable because of
circumstances or poor judgment is never
justification for any kind of assault.
Common reactions to interpersonal violence
Distressing recollections, memories or
dreams of the event
Sleep or eating problems
Phobias, fears or panic attacks
Anxiety, irritation or extreme sadness
Avoidance of activities, people or
places or of touch
Inability to recall an important aspect
of the trauma.
Withdrawal and lack of interest or avoidance
of school, activities or friends.
Difficulty concentrating or remembering.
Constant state of alert.
Running Away, Substance Abuse, Risk
Stomach aches, headaches
Self mutilation or suicidal feelings
child who has experienced Interpersonal
Violence can take years to completely heal,
with symptoms often resurfacing years later.
It is important to get your child help once
they are safe. As their parent you can help
your child by: BELIEVING, listening, dont
judge, help them get safe, be available, let
them know they arent to blame, be patient
and understanding, encourage action, dont
be overly protective, accept their choice of
solution, put aside your own personal
feelings and deal with them somewhere else.
There are many places in Carroll County to
get support and help if anyone in your
family is experiencing or reacting to any
kind of Interpersonal Violence. The Get
Connected Family Resource Center will help
you locate these resources.