Domestic Violence Effects On The Children

If you and your spouse fight and you think the baby doesn’t know, you need to read this because you may not know the domestic violence effects on the children.

Children so young without language skills yet, may not cognitively know what is being said to one another during arguments, or behaviors that are abusive, but they feel it.

Infants and Toddlers effected signs:

~Difficulty forming attachments
~Startle Responses
~Eating and Sleeping problems

Pre-school children
~Developmental delays
~Attachment problems
~Eating and sleeping problems
~Aggressive Behavior
~Inappropriate speech, delayed speech

Primary School age
~Learning delays
~Attention problems
~Aggression toward peers
~Mimicking abuser’s statements or behavior
~Negative views of females
~Low self-esteem
~poor peer relationships
~Depression, suicide
~Self-injuring behaviors

Domestic violence can mean any actions that are:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • emotional
  • financial
  • psychological


The United States Department of Justice states Domestic Violence can be defined as actions, threats, and activities that “intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.”

Domestic Violence can have severe effects on the children as shown above.  It is important that you take this into consideration and try to remove them from this type of situation.  Not only will you help them today, but you will help their children and hopefully stop the cycle from continuing.  You may also find they are acting out against their peers as well.   

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