How Family Violence Hurts Children
Children represent our greatest hope for a violence-free future. At SafeHouse, we provide counseling and a nurturing environment, through both individual sessions and group activities, for children who have experienced domestic violence. This intervention helps kids to manage conflicts in their current situations now and throughout adulthood.
Paired with domestic violence education and safety planning, cultivating a positive relationship will help to build a new generation of individuals who have reclaimed their right to a life free of domestic violence.
More Sobering Statistics
- 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred. – Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violent Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Adults, 2003.
- In a national study, 75% of battered women reported that their children were also abused.
- A history of family violence or abuse is the most significant difference between delinquent and non-delinquent youth.
- When children are killed during a domestic violence dispute, 90% are under age 10 and 56% are under age 2.
- More than half of the women who are victims of intimate partner violence have children under the age of 12 - U.S. Dept. of Justice, Violence by Intimates, March 1998.
- Childhood exposure to domestic violence is associated with higher rates of behavioral, social, and emotional problems including aggression, withdrawal and poor self-esteem -National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information.
- Children who witness intimate partner violence are twice as likely to suffer physical or sexual abuse themselves -Administration for Children and Families, 2001.
- Childhood exposure to domestic violence is associated with lower cognitive functioning, poor school performance, and long term consequences such as depression and increased tolerance and use of abusive behaviors in adult relationships -National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information.
- Men who witness intimate partner violence as children are twice as likely to be violent towards their partners as men from non-violent homes -Strauss, Gelles & Smith, 1990, Family Violence Prevention Fund