Violence at Home

Family violence has a huge negative impact on children.

• Children in homes troubled by violence are at a high risk to suffer from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

• Children from homes troubled by violence are often hurt indirectly, for example, when household items are thrown or weapons are used to commit violence.

• Older children are often injured trying to protect their mothers.

• Children from violent homes have a higher risk of alcohol/drug abuse and juvenile delinquency.

• Family violence emotionally damages children, causing fear, anxiety, guilt, and stress. They may also experience learning or language problems, developmental delays, and physical aliments such as headaches, ulcers, and hearing and speech problems.

• Boys who witness family violence are more likely to batter their female partners as adults than boys raised in non-violent homes.

• Girls who witness their mother’s abuse have a higher rate of being battered as adults