The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
In this one page fact sheet, the Family Violence Prevention Fund highlights a number of statistical findings related to the effects of domestic violence on children. For example, in a survey of over six thousand American families, 50 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. In addition, findings have demonstrated that child abuse is 15 times more likely to occur in families where domestic violence is present, according to the fact sheet. Men who have witnessed their parents' domestic violence are three times more likely to abuse their own wives than those who did not witness violence as children. Children who witness violence at home often display emotional and behavioral disturbances such as withdrawal, low self-esteem, nightmares, self-blame and aggression against others. Findings have shown that the most significant difference between delinquent and non-delinquent youth is a history of family violence. The Family Violence Prevention Fund suggests that over three million children are at risk of exposure to parental violence each year. The fact sheet provides a short bibliography of relevant literature.