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How Abuse Effects Children
Studies have found that child abuse occurs in up to 70% of families that experience domestic violence.
40 to 60% of men who abuse women also abuse children
Between 3.3 and 10 million American children witness domestic violence annually.
In 43% of households where domestic violence occurs, at least one child under he age of 12 lives in the home.
Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems including depression, anxiety, and violence towards peers.
Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, and engage in teen prostitution.
Children fail to report domestic violence or sexual abuse because of shame, fear of retaliation, or fear of not being believed.