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Children who live in a home where domestic violence occurs are:

  • At least 7 times more likely to be abused (physically and sexually).

  • Are profoundly affected by witnessing abuse as well as by experiencing it.

  • Are at increased risk of continuing the pattern in their adult relationships.

The emotional impact of witnessing violence

  • Even if the children are not the targets, witnessing abuse will profoundly affect them.

  • They may grow up believing that abuse is normal in relationships. This may make them more prone to abuse or to tolerate abuse.

  • They need the help of a therapist or specialist trained to work with children exposed to domestic violence.

  • Domestic violence agencies sometimes have staff with this expertise or can locate such specialists.

efffects of domestic violence on children
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