Children Services

Domestic violence affects each and every person living in an abusive home, and is especially detrimental to children. While children may not be the target of the violence, living in an environment of abuse affects them deeply.

 

Studies cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Child Witness to Violence Project and Futures Without Violence show that:

  • Being the bystander to violence may be as psychologically traumatizing for a child as being the direct victim.
  • Domestic violence is a particularly toxic form of trauma for children.
  • Witnessing domestic violence is an experience sufficiently intense to precipitate post-traumatic stress disorder in children.
  • Children exposed to domestic violence may manifest increased aggression, sleep problems, nightmares, anxiety, depression, difficulty with peer relationships, diminished capacity to concentrate in school, belief that violence is acceptable behavior in relationships, belief that aggressive behavior enhances self-image.
  • Children who witness domestic violence are at a greater risk of serious adult health problems, including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk of unintended pregnancy.

 

Studies have shown that children living in abusive households are also likely to continue the cycle of violence – boys who witness domestic violence are more likely to batter their female partners as adults than boys raised in non-violent homes and girls are more likely to become victims of abuse. Studies also show that youngsters from abusive environments are more prone to perpetrate or be victims of dating violence.

 

The DVCC assists children in our programs through:

  • Counseling
  • Age-appropriate education about domestic violence
  • A nurturing, supportive environment

 

PeaceWorks offers age-relevant programs to schools, after school groups and community organizations that strive to teach peaceful solutions to problems and to break the cycle of violence through education and knowledge.