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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?

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Futures Without Violence. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
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Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. You as a parent may have left an abusive relationship or you may still be in one. This fact sheet is written to help you understand how children may react to domestic violence, and how you can best help them to feel safe and valued and develop personal strength. (Author abstract modified)