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Children are always affected by domestic violence. Whether they are awake or asleep, in the same room or in another room, whether they are in the womb, infants, or teens, they are affected by emotional, psychological, and physical abuse within the household, even when it is not directed toward them.

If children are exposed to violence repeatedly, they can develop severe behavior changes. Based on their age of development, the following behaviors/reactions may be observed:

Newborn To 5 Year Old

  • Sleep and/or eating disruptions
  • Lack of responsiveness/Withdrawn
  • Intense separation anxiety
  • Inconsolable crying
  • Developmental regression, loss of acquired skills
  • Intense anxiety, worries or new fears
  • Increased aggression and/or impulsive behavior

Ages 6 To 11

  • Nightmares, sleep disruptions
  • Aggression and difficulty with peers
  • Difficulty with concentration and task completion
  • Withdrawn/ Emotional numb
  • School avoidance and/or truancy

Ages 12 To 18

  • School failure
  • Impulsive and/or reckless behaviors, such as:
    • School truancy
    • Substance misuse
    • Running away
  • Involvement in violent or abusive dating relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawn


Supporting Your Children

Children & Youth Exposure to Domestic Violence

 Call our Crisis Hotline at 828-894-2340 for more information.
All calls are free and confidential.

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