Many people think of domestic violence as an adult problem, but this situation can impact the children in the relationship even if a hand is never laid on them. It is important to understand how children might be impacted so that they can be helped when they need to overcome the situation.
Children who have to live in a home fraught with domestic violence are likely going to suffer from mental health conditions like anxiety or depression. Some children might suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) or behavioral issues because of the situation at home. It is also possible that they will suffer from some physical ailments as a result.
These children often worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones. They might have intense hate that leads them to act out in a violent manner, which could be devastating for the child. It is possible that some children who see domestic violence at home might end up in the juvenile justice system as a result of acting out.
One of the most troubling things about children who are subjected to domestic violence at home is that they might begin to think that the abusive behavior is acceptable. They might fall into the same habits as the person who is being abusive. This could mean that there is another generation growing up that thinks abuse is something normal.
When domestic violence is present in a child custody case, it is necessary for the court to take steps to ensure that the child is protected. This is difficult, but the child's best interests have to come first.
Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "Children and Domestic Violence," accessed Sep. 20, 2017