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Domestic Violence Awareness Year Round

Date: November 3, 2014 Categories: Blog

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States each year and nearly half of all women and men in the United States will experience some degree of psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In spite of the extremely high number of domestic violence incidents in the United States, many Americans still don’t know much about the subject. That’s why October was dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness.


As a child serving agency, the Jefferson CAC is particularly concerned with the impact that witnessing domestic violence can have on children. Often, it is easy for parents to overlook how their choices influence their children. UNICEF reports that the effects on children who witness domestic violence can be pronounced as well as long-lasting and include, but are not limited to, “difficulty learning and limited social skills, violent, risky or delinquent behavior, depression or severe anxiety. In addition, these children are at a greater risk for substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy and criminal behavior than those raised in homes without violence.” The precise side effects that may show up in a child witness of domestic violence, is partially dependent on the child’s age at the time of the abuse.


For more facts about domestic violence, click here.


Parents wishing to teach teens about healthy relationships can find resources here.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-787-3224 TTY) or via their website.