Does witnessing domestic violence effect children?
Often children witnessing abuse blame themselves for problems occurring in their families. Many children are seriously injured or killed each year in an attempt to intervene to protect a parent. By growing up in an abusive environment, a child learns that violence is an effective tool and an acceptable way to interact with others.
In general, childhood exposure to domestic violence can be associated with increased display of aggressive behavior, increased emotional problems, such as depression, and/or anxiety, lower levels of social competence, and poorer academic functioning.
The FJC can provide assessment and referral services for the children of our clients to minimize the impact of the violence on them.