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MICHAEL NERHEIM
Lake County State's Attorney  
What are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children?
Children who hear or see abuse against a parent are affected whether or not they are abused directly. The effects of domestic violence can be serious, long lasting and can include:
  1. withdrawal from other people and activities;
  2. sleeplessness;
  3. headaches or stomachaches;
  4. depression, sadness;
  5. lack of trust in others;
  6. fear of being separated from you;
  7. anxiety or nervousness about being killed or hurt;
  8. holding feelings in
  9. behavior problems at home and/or school;
  10. change in eating habits and/or eating disorders;
  11. alcohol or drug abuse;
  12. aggressiveness/fighting;
  13. injury while trying to rescue the abused parent;
  14. abuse in their adult relationships;
  15. fighting with others;
  16. temper tantrums;
  17. suicide attempts;
  18. bed wetting or regression to early development stages;
  19. overachieving;
  20. and stealing or other juvenile crimes.
Contact Information
State's Attorney's Office
18 N. County St.
4th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
847.377.3100
Related Links
 Children's Resources
 What parents can do for their children
 Statistics related to domestic violence and children
 Effects of domestic violence on children
 Children counseling programs