Domestic Violence in the Home: What Happens to Children?


Children are effected by domestic violence, whether noticed by parent's or not... Some say differently, arguing that the environment of the household, does not affect the result of the exposed child's wellbeing. However, studies show, that children exposed to households, harboring abusive behavior and relationships, are statistically more prone to mental health conditions, academic decline, and tendency to repeat abusive/violent behavior. 

Child witnesses of physical and sexual abuse can hear and see threats of violence, even if they are not predisposed to showing it. Children who are not of age to speak, or have trouble communicating with parents, are still susceptible to violent and abusive behavior in the environment, whether they voice it, or not. They may also observe the aftermath of physical abuse, such as: injuries, blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing or matted appearance, and broken items or bones. They may also be aware of tensions in the home, such as their mother’s fearfulness of her abuser upon his arrival, when he pulls in the driveway, or enters the home. 

Repeating Behavior:

"Most experts believe that children who are raised in abusive homes learn that violence is an effective way to resolve conflicts and problems. They may replicate the violence they witnessed as children in their teen and adult relationships and parenting experiences. Boys who witness their mothers’ abuse are more likely to batter their female partners as adults than boys raised in nonviolent homes. For girls, adolescence may result in the belief that threats and violence are the norm in relationships."

Domestic Violence Statistics: Mental Health and Schooling. 

"If you grow up with domestic violence, you’re 74% more likely to commit a violent crime against someone else."

"Children of domestic violence are 3 times more likely to repeat the cycle in adulthood, as growing up with domestic violence is the most significant predictor of whether or not someone will be engaged in domestic violence later in life."

"Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term."

"Children who’ve experienced domestic violence often meet the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and the effects on their brain are similarly to those experienced by combat veterans."

"Those who grow up with domestic violence are 6 times more likely to commit suicide and 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol."

"Domestic violence in childhood is directly correlated with difficulties learning, lower IQ scores, deficiencies in visual-motor skills and problems with attention and memory."

"Exposure to domestic violence has also been linked to poor school performance. Children who grow up with domestic violence may have impaired ability to concentrate; difficulty in completing school work; and lower scores on measures of verbal, motor, and social skills."











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