Supporting Young Children and Their Families Who Experience Domestic Violence
Older children and adults are affected by exposure to violence, but it is a common belief that young children are not completely aware of their surroundings and remain unaffected. This belief is a myth_children are affected by their exposure to violence, but often lack the ability to cope. Family services, parent involvement, and other social services staff may use this resource to design programs to help young children cope with traumatic events.
... violence is often a silent reality: ... The reality of violence remains silent. This silence can erode childhood, wearing away the trust children need and breaking down the important relationships children need to build in their early years. More>> [PDF, 600KB]
Silent Realities: Supporting Young Children and Their Families Who Experience Domestic Violence. Cohen, Elena and Walthall, Barbara. The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice. 2003. English. [PDF, 600KB].
Last Reviewed: February 2010
Last Updated: December 23, 2015