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


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


Failure to thrive

Physical injuries

Sleep disturbances

Eating disturbances


Non-responsive or excessive crying

Appearing fussy or irritable

Intensified startle response


All of the above PLUS:

Frozen watchfulness

Aggressive behavior

(toward people or animals)


Inability to focus

Separation anxiety

Silence & withdrawal

Regressive behaviors

Plays or re-enacts the DV events



(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



(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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