ROCKFORD (WREX) — Fifty-four percent of aggravated battery cases in Rockford are because of domestic violence, according to Rockford Police. And children are the most vulnerable survivors of that kind of violence.
Area professionals are taking a domestic violence-informed approach when it comes to child welfare. More than 150 people went to a training session Wednesday to learn how to serve children who have experienced domestic violence.
Children who deal with this kind of trauma often deal with side effects like anxiety, depression and PTSD.
“Instead of telling a victim, ‘you need to do this, you need to do this, you need to do this,’ what we really need to do is tell the offender, ‘you need to stop your behavior and until you do and can show us your decisions are going to make the children safe, then maybe you should not have unlimited access to those children,” Retired Judge Rosemary Collins said.
According to Rockford Police, domestic violence makes up at least one-third of violent crime in Rockford.