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Reduce Child Abuse & Domestic Violence 


Reduce Child Abuse & Domestic Violence

Child abuse and domestic violence can be attributed to father absence, and unfortunately, that’s no different when it comes to military families. Dads get deployed and are often away for long term duty assignments. Military children can experience the same effects as children whose fathers are physically absent from their lives.

Further, recent reports show an increase in child abuse in the military (Read the report here). It goes to figure that if a father is more involved with his family and children, understands the importance of his role as a father, and has the necessary skills to be a good father, then the occurrence of child abuse can be decreased.

Children who grow up without their fathers are at greatest risk for child abuse. In fact, the presence of a child’s father in the home lowers the likelihood that a child will be abused. One possible reason for this connection is the very important role that fathers often play as the “protector” of their children. The facts are clear that children are safer when their dad lives in their home.

For example:

  • The absence of a biological father contributes to increased risk of child maltreatment
  • Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect
  • The overall rate of child abuse cases and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000

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