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In our experience of serving for women of domestic violence, we have seen the deep concern in women for the influence of violence on their children who have witnessed violence (shortened as children witnessing violence). We also found that if the cycle of violence is not solved, children will copy the interpersonal model in their parents’ intimate relations either by repeating the violence users’ behaviors and resort to violence for problem solving or put up with everything, even unreasonably and wrong ones.
At present in Taiwan, child and youth resources for children witnessing violence are still rather scattered and the urgency of this issue is oftentimes marginalized, it is therefore necessary to develop more direct service models and carry out further campaigns on this issue. In response to this, the TWRF established Children Witnessing Violence Service Division in January 2005 to provide service for cases referred from related organizations and the general public who seek help by themselves as well as children in the cases of women of marital violence. We centered our service on the developmental requirements of children witnessing violence and linked up with related resources to form a cooperative and labor division professional network. Meanwhile, the TWRF also began to launch on-campus campaign to promote the awareness of the issue of children witnessing violence. We hope to draw attention from the frontline teachers and parents to children witnessing violence and inspire them to provide more care and support for these children. We further set up a Children Witnessing Violence Hotline by the end of 2005 (02-25555915) and offer counseling and help-seeking channels for related personnel and the general public in the aspect of this issue.