Children may exhibit emotional problems, cry excessively, or be withdrawn or shy.Children may have difficulty making friends or have fear of adults.
Based on interviews with children in battered women's shelters, 85% of children had stayed twice with friends or relatives because of the violence, and 75% over the age of 15 had run away at least twice. Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average. Shattered Lives," Georgia Department of Human Resources Family Violence Manual, January 1992. Ask for help in getting to a domestic abuse shelter.
Battered women lose their jobs because of absenteeism due to illness as a result of the violence.
Absences occasioned by court appearances also jeopardize women's livelihood.
They may feel confusion, stress, fear, shame, or think that they caused the problem.
Children grow up learning that it's okay to hurt other people or let other people hurt them.