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Children in Family Violence
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Children Who Live in a Home with Family Violence

You may think your children are not abused or affected by family violence and you may believe that children do not see or hear what is happening.  The facts are:

  • 87% of children witness abuse.

  • Approximately 70% of the men who abuse their spouses also abuse their children.

  • 63% of juveniles jailed for murder have killed their mother.s abuser.

Children learn that people who love you hurt you.  They also learn that violence is an acceptable part of life.  Children who witness repeated acts of violence are . . .

  • 6 times more likely to commit suicide.

  • 24 times more likely to commit sexual assaults.

  • 60 times more likely to commit delinquent behaviors.

  • 1,000 times more likely to become abusive in their relationships.

Children may show the following signs after witnessing violence in the home:

  • Anxiety about being hurt or killed.

  • Fight with others, have temper tantrums.

  • Feelings of inadequacies manifesting in overachieving and perfectionism.

  • Increased medical problems such as ulcers, head or stomach aches, and sleeplessness.

  • Withdraw from other people and activities.

  • A higher likelihood for criminal behavior and arrest.

  • Problems in school such as truancy and dropout.

  • A greater likelihood to run away.

  • A higher risk for teen pregnancy.

  • Frequent participation in maiming or killing animals or battering siblings.