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Children are affected by what they hear and witness regardless of whether they are directly abused themselves

Children are affected by what they hear and witness regardless of whether they are directly abused themselves

Abuse between Parents and it’s effect on children

Basic safety tips and strategies to teach your kids

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty,they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

~ by Dorothy Law Nolte~

The Effects Of Witnessing Domestic Violence On Children


  • Young children are as affected by violence as older children
  • They can describe in detail the violent events that they have witnessed
  • Children who witness violence have an increased risk of suffering from emotional or developmental problems
  • They suffer from low self-esteem
  • There are feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and depression
  • Children from violent homes end up believing that violence is an effective way to solve problems and that there are few consequences for these actions
  • Specific effects such as anxiety, sleeping problems, anger, stress, confusion, loneliness, guilt, sadness, embarrassment, bed wetting, temper tantrums, destruction, lying, and so on……
  • Children raised in violent homes are often victims or abusers as adults themselves!

What you can do to help a child who has witnessed domestic or family violence:

  • Provide an opportunity for the children to tell their stories
  • Believe what they are saying
  • Refer them to any support in the area
  • Ensure that the children know how to protect themselves emotionally and physically by practicing safety plans
  • Convey the message that all types of violence and abuse are unacceptable

Please call our workers at The Pavilion Women's Centre if you have any questions regarding this issue!

705-672-2128 or 1-888-871-9090
705-567-1777 (Kirkland Lake Location)