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Children who witness violence can suffer psychological and emotional damage.
The research showed that children who witness violence between their mother and her intimate partner report fewer trauma symptoms if they don't perceive the violence as threatening.
In fact, children who witness violence are more likely to be physically abused or neglected themselves, and tend to become abusive partners as adults.
Children who witness violence should be provided the same level of victim assistance and special protections within the criminal and juvenile justice systems as child victims.
Based on the studies cited in the commentary, children who witness violence either in the community or in their homes are usually themselves indirect victims of that violence and suffer serious emotional and developmental problems.
And domestic violence not only causes damage to its immediate victims - children who witness violence can suffer psychological and emotional damage.
If the trauma is not addressed immediately, symptoms that may emerge in children who witness violence include "a diminished ability to concentrate in school because of intrusive thoughts and images; persistent sleep disturbances; disordered attachment behaviors with significant caretakers; and nihilistic, fatalistic orientation to the future, which leads to increased risk-taking behaviors," he noted.
Parents learn that children who witness violence at home are at greater risk for demonstrating violent behavior themselves.