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Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children of all ages are negatively impacted by domestic abuse.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  This is a limited list of consequences children suffer from abuse in the home.

Physical

  • Physical Abuse
  • Chronic Head Aches
  • Stomach or Digestive Problems
  • Bed-wetting
  • Increased or Decreased Appetite
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Hair Pulling or Nail Biting
  • Developmental Delays

Behavioral, Social & Emotional

  • Aggressive
  • Angry
  • Hostile
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Nightmares
  • Phobias
  • Passive or Clingy
  • Role Reversal
  • Poor Impulse Control

Cognitive Problems

  • Lower Cognitive Functioning
  • Poor School Performance
  • Lack of Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Pro-Violence Attitude
  • Belief in Rigid Gender Stereotypes

Long-term effects on children include a higher rate of adult depression, and an increased tolerance for violence in relationships.  Boys raised in abusive homes often grow up to be abusers; and girls raised in abusive homes often grow up to be victims.