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Lindsay G. Cassada 

Gloria Browder-Parham

804-717-2492 (FAX)

If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, dial 911 

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address
Chesterfield Domestic & Sexual Violence Resource Center
PO Box 741
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

Street Address
10111 Krause Road, Suite 210
Chesterfield, VA 23832


Courthouse Address
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
7000 Lucy Corr Boulevard
Chesterfield, VA 23832 


Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center
Children and Domestic Violence

Studies show

  • 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year
  • up to 90% of children living in homes with domestic violence, know what is happening
  • childhood domestic violence experiences can negatively affect a developing brain, creating a series of negative beliefs lasting into adulthood
  • childhood exposure to domestic violence is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next
  • childhood abuse and trauma has a high correlation to emotional and physical problems in adulthood  

Children who Experience Violence

Those who experience childhood domestic violence are     

  • Six times more likely to commit suicide
  • 50% more likely to abuse alcohol and/or drugs
  • 74% more likely to commit a violent crime

Children who Witness Violence

Children who witness domestic violence may display the following

  • Emotional responses
    • anxiety
    • fear
    • guilt
    • shame
    • sadness
    • depression
    • anger (at both parties)
    • sleep disturbances        
  • Physical responses
    • loss of concentration
    • stomach-aches
    • bed-wetting
    • headaches
  • Behavioral responses
    • acting out
    • withdrawal/isolation
    • aggression
    • self-injury
    • delayed speech, motor or cognitive skills.  

“The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence.”
- Unicef,
Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

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