Effects on Kids

Children who live in households where domestic violence is present may show some of the following symptoms:


  • Frequent illnesses or other health problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Excessive crying
  • Bruises
  • Unkempt appearance

Toddlers - All of the above, plus…

  • Shyness or withdrawn behavior
  • Reluctance to be touched
  • Over attachment or excessive fear of adults
  • Aggressive behavior - excessive biting and hitting
  • Speech problems
  • Loss of acquired skills such as toilet training, speech, large motor skills
  • Developmental delays with no organic cause

School Age Children - All of the above, plus…

  • Frequently miss school
  • Excessive fatigue at school due to inability to sleep at home
  • Loss of skills such as reading, math facts or naming colors
  • Increased aches and pains such as headaches or stomach aches
  • Stealing, lying or other negative behaviors
  • Nightmares
  • Eating disorders
  • Isolation - won't bring friends home
  • Depression or nervous disorders
  • Self-abuse (cutting, etc)
  • Need to be perfect
  • Confused feelings about parents - angry at both the abusing and abused parent
  • Reverse Parenting: Assumes responsibility for caring for parents
  • Assumes responsibility for caring for and protecting younger siblings
  • Drug/alcohol abuse

Teenagers - All of the above, plus…

  • Helplessness and hopelessness
  • Delinquent behavior (running away, etc.)
  • Sexual acting out
  • Violent relationships with others
  • High risk of suicide

* Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, Prevention Resource Development Project

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