Domestic Abuse Misconception #22: The abuse is just between the two adults and has no impact on any children in the home. This is about as far from the truth as possible. Growing up amid domestic abuse has a profound and lasting impact on a child's development, relationships, physical and mental health, academics, and future.
The Childhood Domestic Violence Association states that children of homes where domestic abuse is present are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. The stress of living with the trauma can actually alter a child's DNA. And children who grow up with domestic abuse are three times more likely to perpetuate the cycle of abusive relationships, either as abusers or victims, ensuring abuse gets passed on to another generation.
For more information regarding the effects of abuse on children, read this article.
(Note: In all of my posts I use "he" for abuser and "she" for victim for simplicity and because, in the majority of cases, the abuser is male. But it can be the opposite with a female abuser. Dynamics of abuse can also happen in same sex relationships.)
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