Children and domestic violence studies show the following:
- 3 to 4 million children between the ages of 3 to 17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.
- Childhood abuse and trauma has a high correlation to emotional and physical problems in adulthood.
- 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.
- Up to 90% of children living in homes with domestic violence, know what is happening.
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, and 74% more likely to commit a violent crime.
Children Who Witness Violence
Children who witness domestic violence may display the following responses.