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VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

Child Abuse Facts provided by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

The Center serves children under the age of 18 who may be victims of violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation in Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties of Central Illinois.

The following symptoms are frequently associated with exposure to domestic violence in children:

Please note that these symptoms are not unique to domestic violence. They may be responses to normal stress, such as a recent move, the birth of a sibling, or a death in the family. They may also indicate problems in other areas, including other forms of trauma, such as child abuse or an automobile accident. If you see any of these signs, please contact a child care professional for an assessment of your child's needs.

Not all children who are exposed to domestic violence develop post-traumatic stress disorder, or other clinical disorders. Many may have isolated symptoms. There are variables that affect the extent to which a child may be affected by his/her exposure to violence.

These include:

Source: Groves, Betsy McAlister, Roberts, Elizabeth, Weinrab, Maxine, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center, Shelter from The Storm: Clinical Intervention with Children Affected by Domestic Violence, 2000.