Children growing up in homes where there is domestic violence and abuse likely grow up in an atmosphere of fear, uncertainty, and insecurity. Children may assume they are responsible for the situation because they have misbehaved, or are not “good enough”. Their loyalties are sometimes torn between parents, and they may develop a variety of coping strategies to help them manage their feelings, often with negative consequences.
Children who live with domestic abuse have significantly higher levels of behavioral and emotional problems than other children. Some react aggressively, others may withdraw. They may experience social and physical difficulties, as well as perform poorly in school.
Intervention by counselors or advocates specially trained in domestic violence can be of great help to children in overcoming the effects of domestic violence, and may help children to avoid growing up to become victims or abusers themselves.
Currently, services for children are primarily for children residing in our emergency safe house. Please contact us to inquire about current services/referrals available for nonresidential children.