Violence is frightening, especially if it’s happening at home.
Child witnesses of family violence are victims too.
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of violent behavior from one generation to the next. Children who see violence, at home, in school or in the community, are at a significant risk for delinquency, substance abuse, school drop-out, and difficulties within their own relationships.
According to the Child Trends Data Bank (July 2013) and The U. S. Department of Justice National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, released in 2011, confirms that most children are exposed to violence in their daily lives. Each year more than 60% of the children surveyed were exposed to violence within the previous year, as either a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against their home or school.
The Atlanta Victim Assistance Project Safe Start equips educators with information to identify the behaviors of children living in persistent violence at home. For caregivers, that same information helps adults make choices that can lessen the impact of domestic or community violence on child co-victims/witnesses.
Schedule an Atlanta Victim Assistance staff member to make a presentation at your day care or your classroom