Children and Domestic Violence

When you're a parent in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, it makes a difficult situation even harder. Not only do you have to worry about your safety, but you also have to consider your child's well-being. For example, your abusive partner may hurt you in front of the children, or try to use your children against you. If this is happening, try to talk to your child to let them know that this is not ok. Although you may be in a tough situation, remember that your child and your safety are important and come first. Witnessing domestic violence can have a huge impact on children, both physically and psychologically. They may grow up believing that domestic violence is normal and mimic the behaviors they witnessed in their parents' relationship. Violence in the home causes emotional trauma, fear, anxiety, feelings of powerless, helplessness, worthlessness, low self-esteem, isolation, stress, and depression. Children who experience violence in their home:

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