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Domestic violence and children

Children living in a home where there is abuse may overhear adults fighting, see bruises after the abuse is over, or witness the actual abuse. These experience can have serious effects, including:

  •  Behavior problems and problems at school

  • Feelings of guilt for not being able to stop the abuse

  • Depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health problems

  • Health problems even many years later


In addition, children who see abuse at home are likely to think that abuse is a normal part of relationships. They are more likely than other children to abuse someone or be abused when they grow up.

CSNAs Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Group