Domestic Violence in Pediatric Populations

Domestic Violence in Pediatric Populations

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to statistics compiled by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 35.2% of North Carolina women and 30.3% of North Carolina men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Additionally,  30% to 60% of perpetrators of domestic violence abuse children in the household. 

Studies have estimated that between 3.3 - 10 million children witness domestic violence each year. Children can display a variety of symptoms and behaviors as seen in the chart below due to witnessing domestic violence that can affect their ability to be successful in school and other social settings. Additionally, children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems.  

chart depicting IPV symptoms and behaviors by age group

Below are a few intervention and education resources: 

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