The trauma that children experience when they witness domestic violence in the home, plays a major role in their development and physical well being.
Older children can sometimes turn the stress towards behavioral problems.
Children who witness domestic violence in the home should be assessed for the physical effects and physical injuries.
Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust. Children may think that violence is an acceptable behavior of intimate relationships and become either the abused or the abuser.
When a woman is stressed while pregnant, the baby can be born with stress and anxiety and can sometimes have problems with growth.
Adolescents generally don't like to invite friends over and they spend their free time away from home.
Denial and aggression are their major forms of problem solving.
Sometimes children who see the abuse turn to drugs, hoping to take the pain away.
The children, however, will exhibit physical symptoms associated with their behavioral or emotional problems, such as being withdrawn from those around them, becoming non-verbal, and exhibiting regressed behaviors such as being clingy and whiney.