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Child victims are exposed to and experience domestic violence in many ways. Domestic violence deeply affects children, even if they are not directly abused. Children, more so than adults, live with recurring trauma because they are unable to leave the situation. As a result, their emotional, psychological and physical well-beings suffer.
1 in 10 children suffer maltreatment. 1 in 16 suffer sexual abuse. Nearly 1 in 10 children are witnesses to family violence.
The youngest children are the most vulnerable. Over 25% of abused children are under the age of three while over 45% of abused children are under the age of five.
At Turning Point in FY’13, 23% of child clients were under the age of five. It is likely that many child victims in McHenry County are not getting the help they need.
Of the number of children who died because of abuse or neglect:
Children in abusive homes are far more likely to be in abusive relationships later in life. Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners as boys with non-abusive care givers. Female child victims are more likely to enter into abusive relationships.
Teens continue to suffer from consequences of domestic violence in the home, but they are also entering intimate partner relationships of their own. Teen dating violence carries many of the same serious consequences as family violence.
Teens experience many of the same consequences as child victims. In addition, they are at risk for the following:
* Without intervention, these consequences will likely last into adulthood, or may manifest into more serious issues later in life.
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