Children are in the same or next room in 90% of domestic violence incidents (Hughes, Violence Update'92)
Children are affected by violence - even if they witness the violence and are not directly abused.
The longer children
stay in a violent situation, the more likely they are to be affected by
violence. If families are to stay together, it is essential that the violence
stops. Often children will still need counselling to help them deal with
what they saw in the past and reaffirm their safety.
Eighty percent of runaways said problems at home contributed to their running away, with physical violence the most common reason (Times Educational Supplement 1999).
of children who are exposed to violence:
Young children's learning progress can be affected when exposed to violence which can lead to delays and difficulties in development.
Often children who live in violent homes can be depressed and demonstrate this either by extreme irritability or sleeping and/or eating difficulties as well as being withdrawn or 'shut down'.
It is important for children who have been exposed to violence to have a safe place and a safe person with whom to talk about the violence, or even to draw pictures to help them deal with the overwhelming feelings and burdens related to what they have experienced.