DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

For help contact 
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
http://www.ndvh.org 


Three to 10 million children witness domestic violence/abuse each year in the United States. Interviews with children show that they are aware of and suffer the consequences of witnessing domestic violence/abuse. The extent of the risk and trauma of witnessing domestic violence/abuse depends on the age of the child and the severity, length and frequency of abuse. Children as young as 1 or 2 years old and teens exposed to an abusive parent often feel afraid, helpless, guilty, angry, frustrated, isolated and confused.

Children and teens exposed to an abusive parent are also at higher risk of child abuse and neglect. In a national survey of more than 6,000 families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. Children and teens exposed to an abusive parent are often isolated; called names; humiliated; manipulated into abusing the non-abusive parent; threatened with abandonment, suicide, harm to self or pets; intimidated; denied access to healthcare, proper nutrition, clothing and shelter; sexually and physically abused. The abusive parent will resort to these behaviors in an effort to maintain power and control over their partner and children.

EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - TEENS

  • Poor academic performance or they may feel obliged to always get straight A's
  • Parentification-they may feel responsible for siblings and/or the abused parent 
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Poor social skills 
  • Drug and alcohol use/abuse 
  • Running away from home 
  • Suicidal behavior Criminal activity 
  • Early and risky sexual activity, pregnancy or early marriage


WEB RESOURCES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 











 - See more at: http://www.corasupport.org/about-domestic-violence/effects-on-children-teens/#sthash.ibDt6Lur.dpuf



- See more at: http://www.corasupport.org/about-domestic-violence/effects-on-children-teens/#sthash.ibDt6Lur.dpuf
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