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Domestic Violence and children

In most cases of domestic violence children will be in the same room or the next room when the violence occurs. 

Common ‘adjustment difficulties’ among children who witness domestic violence include:  increased levels of anxiety, psychosomatic illnesses, including: headaches, abdominal complaints, asthma, peptic ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, stuttering, enuresis; sadness, withdrawal and fear; lower rating in social competence, particularly for boys; a reduction in understanding social situations including thoughts and feelings of people involved (Jaffe et al, 1990). 

It is important to remember that as with women who live with domestic violence, every child’s experience will be different and some children show no obvious negative effects at all.

Go to our children's pages for more information.



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