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How are children affected?

They may:

  • feel scared, confused, and guilty believing that arguments and abuse is taking place because of them
  • be destructive towards their toys and other property
  • be tearful 
  • display anger and become violent towards their family members and friends
  • become withdrawn, lose their self confidence and their self esteem
  • lose their concentration at school, have poor levels of achievement and be seen to display/express difficult behaviour
  • refuse to go to school because they want to “keep an eye on” what is happening at home. This is because they feel a responsibility to protect the parent who is being abused
  • isolate themselves from friends because they are trying to protect the ‘secrets’ at home
  • be harmed whilst trying to protect another family member

and in some cases may:

  • develop stress-related illnesses, such as bed wetting, skin disorders and eating problems
  • turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of escaping their feelings 
  • self harm such as cutting, burning themselves and pulling their hair out
  • run away from home
  • commit or attempt to commit suicide. 

Last updated: 09/03/2021 13:11