• The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children conservatively estimates that 275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in the home.
  • Children who have been exposed to family violence suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and are at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.
  • Females who are exposed to their parents’ domestic violence as adolescents are significantly more likely to become victims of dating violence than daughters of nonviolent parents
  • Children who experience childhood trauma, including witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy.

Sexual Abuse

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

  • 1 in 4 adolescents report experiencing verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.

  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

  • Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

  • U.S. government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. The children of these women often witness the domestic violence.

  • 1 in 4 girls (25%) are sexually abused by the age of 18. 
  • 1 in 6 boys (17%) are sexually abused by the age of 18. 
  • Most teen sexual abuse victims (7 in 10, or 70%) know their abuser. It is generally a family member, or someone close to the family.