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Effects on Children

Children are always affected by domestic violence. Whether they are awake or asleep, in the same room or in another room, whether they are in the womb, infants, or as old as teens, they are affected by emotional, psychological and physical abuse within the household, even when it is not directed toward them.

If children are exposed to the violence repeatedly, they can develop severe behavior changes, develop Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and their developing brains can be damaged. The State of California recognizes domestic violence as child abuse.

Children in abusive households may be subject to incest or sexual molestation, be physically or psychologically abused and controlled, and have their pets abused or threatened.

Below are some behavioral changes of children exposed to domestic violence, incest and abuse:

  • Changes in sleeping and nursing or eating patterns
  • Bedwetting
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Nightmares
  • Extreme clinginess
  • Low self-esteem, Shyness, shame, isolation, withdrawal
  • Over-responsibility, trying to care for the parent, defend the parent
  • Violent behavior
  • Submissive behavior
  • Inability to concentrate

Children who receive counseling or trauma therapy after leaving a violent situation may be able to reverse some of the behavioral changes.

Scared of your partner's ANGER?

Walking on eggshells? Hiding your bruises? Frightened for your kids? Trapped with no safe place to go?

Have you been RAPED?

Are you keeping it a shameful secret? Do you think no one will believe you? Do you believe it is your fault?

Were you MOLESTED as a child?

Does it still haunt you? Wondering if you will ever get over it?

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