On Friday, the Children’s Center hosted an event at the Willingham Theatre to address domestic violence and particularly its effect on children. The film “The Children Next Door” was shown.
Prior to the movie, Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks shared a few brief remarks. He spoke about how devastating and long-term the effects of domestic violence can be on children, even if they are not the ones being abused.
“When it comes to domestic violence, it’s hard to get over,” Parks said. “That’s the kind of hurt you can never get over.”
He described the confusion and hurt that can be seen on children’s faces when officers arrive at a home for a domestic dispute involving the parents.
Those in attendance at the event included community professionals who work with children and families such as employees of DSS, the school system, Guardian ad Litem, churches, Smart Start, Children’s Center and YVEDDI.
Robin Testerman of the Children’s Center said the discussion following the film was primarily about the need to “come together as a community.”
“It is a complex dynamic involving families and we need more resources,” she said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.