Domestic violence often occurs alongside child abuse and neglect, therefore its prevention is also critical for child abuse prevention. Studies show:
- 30 to 60 percent of children from homes where domestic abuse is present are also victims of abuse themselves
- Parents who are stressed and burdened by being victimized are also at increased risk of neglectful or abusive parenting
- Witnessing domestic violence can cause serious harm to psychological, cognitive, social, behavioral and emotional development, including but not limited to fearfulness, sleeplessness, anxiety, withdrawal, depression, and aggression
- Domestic violence constitutes the single, greatest precursor for child maltreatment fatalities
Collaboration among child abuse and domestic violence prevention organizations can address and prevent both child abuse and domestic violence! If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are ways to get the help and support you need.
Use this link to find domestic violence organizations in your community or your local hotline: http://www.cpedv.org/domestic-...nizations-california or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.