The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Children take responsibility for the abuse:
Like their mothers, children feel that if they could be “better,” the abuse would stop.
Children live in fear of the next abusive incident.
Children feel guilty for not being able to stop the abuse and for loving their abusive father.
Fear of abandonment:
Children worry that their mother will be killed. Many batterers threaten to leave or tell their partner to leave. The children feel vulnerable to being left without either parent.
Children frequently have stress-related ailments, such as ulcers, rashes, sleep disturbances, headaches, or stomach aches.
Disruption of eating and sleeping patterns:
Children can suffer from inadequate rest and nutrition.
Children can become aggressive, angry and lack emotional control. Or they might be unusually passive, fearful, and withdrawn.