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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILDREN
 
Each year over 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in the United States.
 
Children in homes where Domestic Violence occurs are Physically Abused or seriously neglected at a higher rate than the National Average in the General Population.
 
A major study of more than 900 children at Battered Women's Shelters found that nearly 70% of the children were themselves victims of Physical Abuse or Neglect, Nearly half of the children had been Physically or Sexually Abused and 5% had been hospitalized due to the abuse. However, only 20% had been identified and served by Child Protective Services prior to arriving at the shelter. The same study found that the Batterer most often abused the children, and in some instances, the victim of the violence abused the children. 
 
A study by Lenore Walker found that mothers were 8 times more likely to hurt their children when they were in a violent relationship than when they were safe from violence.
 
Although Child Abuse and Neglect are strongly linked to Domestic Violence, Child Protective Organizations have paid little attention to the concurrence of the two problems.
 
Children in homes where Domestic Violence occurs may "indirectly" receive injuries. They may be hurt when household items are thrown or when weapons are used. Infants may be injured if being held by the victim when the violence occurs.
 
Children from violent homes have higher risks of Substance Abuse and Juvenile Delinquency.
   
Children in homes where Domestic Violence occurs may experience Cognitive or Language problems, Developmental Delays, Stress-Related Physical Ailments (such as headaches, stomach ulcers, and skin rashes), and Speech and Hearing problems.                       

       
       
       
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