Domestic violence is a situation that arises due to constant fighting between a man and his wife. So in most cases a mother in such a situation may opt to leave their children under the care of their father. So incase this man marries again, possibilities of the stepmother mistreating the children are very high.
Alternatively, the same mother can decide to leave the marriage but this time taking the children with her and maybe getting married again and so the step father of the children may in this case mistreat the children or maybe even defiling them.
But even as the cases of violence have been reported to be on the increase, one thing is for sure not all incidents that find their way into the newsroom. This is according to an officer working in a Non-government organization that deals with cases involving violence against children.
She went further to say that so far they have handled more cases as compared to the same time last year So if the boy/girl child if not in a healthy family setting, you will find them very vulnerable to such risky situations.
But then a society as a whole has a role to play in order to ensure that children are safe and let us be more enlightened on what to do when we experience such situations. This means that we should all have our eyes and ears open to ensure that the children within us are safe.
People should thus act responsibly and report any incidents where children’s rights are being violated. I remember an incident of a girl who was living at their home’s doorstep for being considered as a bad luck to the family. Such a girl was saved from the wrath of her father and the grandmother after her plight was highlighted in the media.