Effects On Children

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Call the 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline in the Little Rock area, (501) 376-3219 or toll-free (800) 332-4443.

How Does Domestic Violence Impact Children?

Over 3 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year. Children react to their surroundings differently. Their reaction to the situation at hand is based off of their gender, age and stage of development.

Constant exposure to an abusive parent places a child at risk. Children that have been exposed to domestic violence in their home are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and or behavioral problems than their peers.

Research suggests that children who witness domestic violence show more symptoms of anxiety, low self esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems than children who do not have domestic violence present in their homes.

The trauma they experience can manifest as an emotional, behavioral, social and or physical disturbance that effects their development. This trauma can follow them into adulthood.

What is best for your child is for you to ensure your safety and theirs. Children are resilient; they have the ability to heal if they are listened to, nurtured and feel safe. Your relationship with your child is crucial to their level of resiliency. Continue to nurture, support, love and listen to your children to help them to cope.

Children Should Hear a Survivor Say

  • It's not okay
  • It's not your fault
  • It must be scary for you
  • I will listen to you
  • You can tell me how you feel; it is important
  • I'm sorry you had to see/hear it
  • You do not deserve to have this in your family
  • I will keep you safe
  • There is nothing you could have done to prevent/change it
  • We can talk about what to do to keep you safe if it happens again (For example, staying in your room, going to neighbors, etc.)
  • I care about you, you are important

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