Children who witness domestic violence or who experience the violence first hand will likely suffer both short and long-term damage. The short-term damage is often obvious but the long-term damage can go unnoticed well into adulthood. When domestic violence arises in a household, whether you require immediate support for your children or an order of protection for yourself, it is a good idea to involve a lawyer as soon as possible.
Short-Term Effects of Domestic Violence in Children
Children can be affected in many ways after witnessing or experiencing domestic violence from a family member, especially one of authority. The age in which the violence takes place is also a factor in how it will affect them. A minor child may have no idea what is going on when it occurs or have no understanding of why it is happening in the first place. An older child may simply feel powerless to prevent it.