Violence Protection Children Who Witness Domestic Violence


The Family Violence Prevention Project strives to prevent children from witnessing domestic violence by increasing the public’s awareness of the issue through community awareness campaigns and by increasing professionals’ knowledge through trainings. To date, the Family Violence Prevention Project has trained more than 3,000 home visitors, child-protective service workers, teachers, social workers, community members, court-appointed special advocates, foster parents, psychologists and others who address the needs of children and the negative psychological, physical and social effects, as well as the protective factors regarding children witnessing domestic violence.

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  • It is estimated that up to 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence in the US each year.
  • A national survey of American families revealed that 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
  • Even if the child is not directly abused, children who see their mothers beaten often suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as severely as if they were beaten themselves. Many child witnesses also suffer depression, anxiety, school problems, conduct disorders, impaired physical health and low self esteem.
  • Sons from the most severely violent homes report intimate partner violence rates 1,000% greater than sons from homes with no violence.
  • One of the most significant predictors of a teen's use of violence at school or in the community is recent exposure to violence at home.
  • Children age 5 who were exposed to high levels of domestic violence had IQs that were, on average, 8 points lower than unexposed children. To put this number in perspective, consider that chronic lead exposure decreases children's IQs on average 3 or 4 points.



Children Who Witness Domestic Violence Prevention Toolkits & Resources 




The greatest resource for family violence prevention is our children.
As parents, YOU have the power to influence their healthy behavior development.

Here are some tools to help you:


Are you concerned that some of your students might be witnessing domestic violence at home?

  • Please review this Teacher's Handbook to increase your understanding of what your students might be experiencing and how you can respond appropriately. The accompanying interactive Cd-Rom can be ordered by emailing:

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Red & Green Flag Tools




Want to make a change locally but you just aren't sure where or how to begin?

Click here to e-mail the Family Violence Prevention Project director to request a training or community presentation from the Family Violence Prevention Project on "Children Who Witness Domestic Violence" or to discuss other action steps you as an individual, family, community, organization or policymaker can take to prevent family violence.



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