This article is about domestic violence effects on children. For other related topics, see Outline of domestic violence and Child abuse. Effects of domestic violence on children, result from witnessing domestic violence in a home where one of their parents are abusing the other parent, plays a tremendous role on the well-being and developmental growth of children witnessing the violence. Children who witness domestic violence in the home often believe that they are to physical development of children of preschool age with disabilities, live in a constant state of fear and are 15 times more likely to be victims of child abuse.
In general, children who witness domestic violence in the home can suffer an immense amount of physical symptoms along with their emotional and behavioral state of despair. These children may complain of general aches and pain, such as headaches and stomach aches. Infant children who are present in the home where domestic violence occurs often fall victim to being “caught in the crossfire. They may suffer physical injuries from unintentional trauma as their parent is suffering from abuse. Physical effects of witnessing domestic violence in older children are less evident than behavioral and emotional effects. The trauma that children experience when they witness domestic violence in the home, plays a major role in their development and physical well being.
Older children can sometimes turn the stress towards behavioral problems. Children who witness domestic violence in the home should be assessed for the physical effects and physical injuries. Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust. Children exposed to domestic violence are likely to develop behavioral problems, such as regressing, exhibiting out of control behavior, and imitating behaviors. The study that was presented was about introducing children to a role model that is aggressive, non-aggressive and a control group that showed no role model.