All too often we hear about parents staying together in an abusive relationship because they think keeping the family together is better for their children.  Some stay because they fear what their abusive partner might do if they try to leave, while others stay due to financial control and fear of not being able to survive without support. Regardless of the reason, domestic violence can have a severe impact on children.

Some men and women think that their child is not impacted because they are the ones being abused, not the child.  This is a misconception.  Studies have shown that the damage to a child living in a home where one parent is being abused but the child is not can be as bad as it would be if the child were the one being abused.

Children who are exposed to domestic violence at home have a higher chance of having behavioral problems during childhood and in adulthood, as well as issues with success at school and work.  It is also not uncommon for the children to repeat the pattern of abuse in their own home later in life.

Children who are surrounded by abuse or are abused themselves are likely to experience:

  • Behavioral health detriments including anxiety, depression, and self-injury
  • Violence and aggression
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Withdrawal from social settings
  • Difficulties in school

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and would like to get information on a Domestic Violence Protective Order, contact our Raleigh Family Law Attorney today.  If you are in danger, don’t wait — call 911 immediately!

Click here for more information.  “Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children.” UNICEF, Child Protection Section and The Body Shop International (2006).

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Related Resources: My Spouse Won’t Move Out, What Can I Do? Part Two: A Domestic Violence Protective OrderWhat is a Domestic Violence Protective Order?3 Things to Know About Emergency Child Custody in North Carolina October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month