How does domestic violence affect children?
Because children from abusive homes witness violent behavior and learn that it’s an acceptable method for dealing with anger, violence is often passed on from generation to generation.

While it’s impossible to measure the extent of the hurt, we know that:

Boys living in violent homes are more likely to abuse as adults.
Girls learn that violence against women is acceptable.

Children who grow up in violent homes are:

  • At higher risk for substance abuse and juvenile delinquency.
  • Bear emotional scars, as well as feelings of insecurity, guilt, and isolation.
  • Often experience difficulties in school such as inattentiveness, learning disabilities, and stress-related physical problems.
  • Fail to develop the experience they need to enter into healthy relationships as adults.
  • Often grow up with low self-esteem and become easy victims of verbal and physical abuse.