The Link Between Child Abuse And Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the leading indicator for child abuse in the home; the two issues are inextricably linked. Children are always abused when one of their caretakers is abused... the trauma of living in a violent home cannot be underestimated. It is rate that abuse of a parent occurs without children knowing, even if children do not see the abuse in person or are "asleep" when it happens.

  • Children living in homes where domestic violence is occurring are physically or sexually abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average.
  • Nearly half of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children.
  • Nationally, 75% of battered women say that their children are also battered.
  • Many women report using physical discipline on their children while with their batterer than when living alone or in a non-battering relationship.
Are you or someone you know, being emotionally or physically abused?
Advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline urge you to call, day or night..
National Domestic Violence Hotline (USA)
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)       1-800-787-3224 (TDD)