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The impact of exposure to abuse on children

The damage caused by exposure to domestic abuse in the home can be varied, but research tells us the impact on children can be extensive and long-lasting. In addition to the potential physical, behavioral, psychological, and cognitive ramifications, children who have been exposed to domestic violence often develop destructive beliefs about the use of violence and power in relationships.

Exposure to domestic violence has also been associated with poor performance in school. Children may experience difficulty concentrating and completing assignments, and score lower in the areas of verbal, motor, and social skills.

Children may also develop the misconceptions that violence and exerting control over others are acceptable ways to deal with stress, or that violence is linked to intimacy and affection. These lessons can negatively impact children in social settings and relationships throughout youth and in adulthood later in life.

Children’s immediate reactions to domestic violence may include:

  • General Anxiety
  • Nightmares/Difficulty Sleeping
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • High Activity Levels (Could present as Hyperactivity)
  • Increased Aggression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Intense Apprehension Personal Safety/Safety of a Parent

Long-term effects, especially from continued exposure to domestic violence, may include:

  • Physical Health Problems
  • Adolescent Behavioral  Issues (e.g., juvenile delinquency, alcohol, substance abuse)
  • Emotional Difficulties in Adulthood (e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD)

If you are concerned about a child being exposed to domestic violence, please call our 24-hour hotline at 208.343.7025.

EVENTS

Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 05

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 10

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 14

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 20

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 How: Register here for either a 12noon or 7 p.m. virtual viewing time As the WCA celebrates 113 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date for Healing Begins with […]

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