How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
All Children Are Affected By Violence In Their Homes
Domestic violence often includes child abuse. Children may be Common Behaviors of
victimized and threatened as a way of punishing and controlling Children Living
the adult victim of domestic violence. Or they may be injured In Violent Homes:
unintentionally when acts of violence occur in their presence.
Often episodes of domestic violence expand to include attacks Physical Complaints:
on children. However, even when children are not directly injured, Headaches, Ulcers
they can experience serious emotional damage as a result of living Stomach Aches,
in a violent household. As children learn by example, children living Bed Wetting
in this environment come to believe violent behavior is acceptable.
Similarities of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Increased Appetite,
Domestic violence and child abuse exists in all communities and crosses
all categories of economic level, race, ethnic heritage, or religion.
Both domestic violence and child abuse are identified by patterns. Difficulty Sleeping:
Neither domestic violence nor child abuse exists as an isolated event.
Without intervention, domestic violence and child abuse will intensify. Insomnia
Without support and change, family violence – as a learned behavior –
is repeated over generations. Shame, secrecy, and isolation contribute School Difficulties:
to both domestic violence and child abuse being underreported.
Differences of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse
Domestic violence and child abuse also differ in some significant ways.
Parental stress is an important factor in instances of child abuse, yet
this link has not been established in cases of domestic violence. Reports
of child abuse indicate men and women are equally responsible for child
maltreatment, while the majority of domestic violence abusers are men.
And while both are crimes, the Alaska legal code provides the state with
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the mandate and responsibility for child protection.
When there is violence in the home, everyone is affected.
Please get help for yourself and your children.
To locate the domestic violence program closest to you, contact:
AK Info 1-800-478-2221 (24 hours a day) Available on-line at: http://www.ak.org
Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 907/465-4356
Alaska Family Violence Prevention Clearinghouse 1-800-799-7570
Community Resource Kit
Alaska Children’s Trust 1-800-643-KIDS
Alaska Child Abuse Prevention Network. akchildabuseprevention.org