S o m e E f f e... Newborns

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S o m e E f f e c t s o f D o m e s t i c V i o l e n c e o n C h i l d r e n

Newborns

Failure to thrive

Physical injuries

Sleep disturbances

Eating disturbances

Anxiety

Non-responsive or excessive crying

Appearing fussy or irritable

Intensified startle response

Toddlers/Pre-schoolers

All of the above PLUS:

Frozen watchfulness

Aggressive behavior

(toward people or animals)

Hyperactivity

Inability to focus

Separation anxiety

Silence & withdrawal

Regressive behaviors

Plays or re-enacts the DV events

Nightmares

PTSD

(in some cases)

School Age Children

All of the above PLUS:

Behavioral changes

(acting out or perfectionism)

“Daymares” about the event

Psychosomatic complaints

School phobia

Distrust of adults

Displaced fears

Academic problems

Depression

Anxiety

(i.e. nail biting hair pulling, skin picking)

Self-Injurious behavior

Low self-esteem

Lack of interest in pleasurable activities

Inappropriate expression of feelings

Preadolescent & Teens

All of the above PLUS:

Difficulty relating to peers

Continued academic issues

Accelerated entry into the adult world

(“growing up fast”)

Anger, shame, betrayal

Anti-social or at-risk behaviors

(self-injury, gang activity, risk taking, substance use and/or abuse)

Sleep and/or eating disorders

Isolation from peers

Withdrawal from family

Become controlling or passive in their own relationships with family, peers, & dating partners

C o m m u n i t y S u p p o r t S e r v i c e s

7 0 4 - 3 3 6 - 3 2 1 0

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