Effect On Children

boy cries while adults fight

Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. View a video on how children learn to imitate domestic violence.

Children who experience childhood trauma, including witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression , and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy.

63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who is abusing their mother.

Safety plan with your child.

Identify a list of trusted adults who can help:

  • Neighbors
  • Friends
  • Family members
  • Teachers
  • Coaches

Familiarize children with basic information:

  • Make sure children know important phone numbers including their own phone number.
  • Help children memorize their home address.

Discuss techniques to stay safe:

  • Go to their bedroom.
  • Teach your children an escape route out of the house and where to go for safety (neighbor, etc.).
  • Develop a signal (closing the blinds or flashing the porch light) or a code word for “help” or to let someone know “I’m scared.”
  • Make your child’s school or daycare provider aware if your Protection from Abuse order includes temporary custody.
  • Dial 911 if help is needed right now.

INSTRUCT YOUR CHILD TO NEVER GET IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT EVEN IF THEY WANT TO HELP!

For more information, check out our Children & Domestic Violence brochure on our Brochure / Tear-off page.

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