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.