Impact on Children
Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest.
In 85% of police calls for domestic violence, children had witnessed the violence. For too many children, home is far from the safe haven it should be.
Children need a safe and secure home, free of violence, and parents that love and protect them.
They need to have a sense of routine and stability so that when things go wrong in their world, home is a place of comfort, help and support.
Every year hundreds of millions of children watch one parent violently assaulting another. They hear the sounds of violence and almost always are aware of the many signs of abuse.
Many of these children are suffering silently and with little support.
Witnessing parental violence is a risk factor for children and adolescents to:
Correlation of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
The overlap between child abuse and domestic violence in the same family is high. One study found that half the children who were abused were caught in the middle of an inter-parental attack. In 60% of the cases where the partner is being abused, so are the children.
Mothers who are in battering relationships are eight times more likely to hurt their children while they were being battered than while they were safe from violence.
Children from violent homes are 74% more likely to commit crimes against persons.
What Does Trauma Look Like?
Children who may need professional help:
Supporting Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Shelter: (605) 996-2765 • Hotline: (605) 996-4440 • Visitation Center: 605-996-8880
Mitchell Area Safehouse and
Family Visitation Center
1809 North Wisconsin, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301