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Children exposed to violence

Children can experience family violence in many ways. They may be a) witnesses b) indirect victims where they are accidentally hurt c) direct victims as statistics show that 50% of children exposed to conjugal violence are also abused and d) used by the abuser to manipulate and control their spouse.

Exposure to violence may have devastating effects on children ranging from emotional instability to severe behavioural problems. Symptoms displayed may include difficulties functioning in the school setting, aggressiveness and anxiety. Children may also feel responsible for the abuse, guilty for loving the abuser, fearful that they will be abandoned and may continuously worry about the next violent episode. Children and adolescents living in an environment where violence is present are at an increased risk of experiencing depression and trauma-related symptoms in adulthood.

If the cycle of violence is not broken, it will likely be repeated.