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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Infographic

Children that experience or witness violence in the home are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress symptoms that can lead to long term consequences. Additional risks include child abuse, impairment in brain development, behavior changes, sleep disturbances, and mental health issues.

As primary care providers, it can be difficult to identify families that experience domestic violence. Parents and children may be reluctant to disclose their experiences for a variety of reasons. During both virtual and in person visits, look for these indicators of potential domestic violence in your pediatric population.

Symptoms to Watch For

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources and tip sheets for providers, parents, and children on addressing, discussing, and intervening with domestic violence.