According to NCADV national statistics, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
Many children exposed to violence in the home are also victims of the abuse. What is important to remember is that, even though you may think they haven’t witnessed, there is a good chance they have. Many times children who live in an abusive home are referred to as the silent victim. Children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health issues, this is why early intervention is so important. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at greater risk of being violent in their future relationships. If you are a parent who is experiencing abuse, it can be difficult to know how to protect your child.