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Domestic violence: Does it contribute to violence in children?

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors. They may be behaviors that exert control over another person. Typically, the behaviors include acts like psychological abuse, physical assault and threats.

Who suffers most from domestic violence?

It's not true that all victims of domestic violence are women, although the majority are. Men can also be victims, and there are also cases where both partners are aggressive and abusive to one another. Children also suffer from this violence; some may be physically injured, but many others are affected psychologically.

Is it common for children to suffer abuse when domestic violence is taking place in the home?

Families with domestic violence may also have problems with the physical abuse of any children in the relationship. The overlap between domestic violence and child abuse is around 40 to 60 percent.

How many children are exposed to domestic violence in the United States?

It's been estimated that between 3 and 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence in the United States every year, as of 2001. In most cases, those children will be under the age of 8, making the violence influential on their early years. In the short term, children may suffer from anxiety, depression, have trouble sleeping or have trouble in school, but as time goes on, parents and those around the child may notice that the child is actually becoming aggressive. This is a frequent concern, because it can lead to further violence if the individuals don't receive help in managing their emotions. If you need help addressing domestic violence in your home, your attorney can help. Removing your child from this situation is key to reducing the impact of violence on him or her in the future.

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "Questions and Answers About Domestic Violence," Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, accessed July 08, 2016

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