Child Victims of Domestic Abuse

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Children suffer from violence at home

Although children may not have ever been hit themselves, witnessing the violence, seeing injuries on a family member or hearing name-calling, put-downs, threats, swearing and shouting causes children to suffer emotionally.

Many children feel that violence is their fault and they are to blame. Children often feel guilty that they caused the violence. It is extremely important that children are assured that nothing they did caused the violence that is occurring in their lives.

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We Can Help

  • Counseling and education for victim and the victim’s loved ones
  • Legal and medical advocacy
  • Accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, court proceedings, etc.
  • Information and referrals
  • Prevention and community education


Children who experience violence at home:

  • Learn to expect humiliation, disrespect and violence in close relationships.
  • Learn to use violence as a problem solver and a way to control others.
  • Learn to get their needs met by using threats and intimidation.
  • Learn to blame others for their problems and actions.
  • Do not develop healthy self-esteem.
  • Feel alone, powerless, and guilty.
  • May experience long-term depression and flashbacks.
  • Cope by withdrawing and denying, or abusing alcohol and drugs.
  • Live in constant fear.


If you are in immediate danger, call 911