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Physical symptoms[ edit ] In general, children who witness domestic violence in the home can suffer an immense amount of physical symptoms along with their emotional and behavioral state of despair.
These children may complain of general aches and pain, such as headaches and stomach aches. They may also have irritable and irregular bowel habits, cold soresand they may have problems with bed-wetting. These complaints have been associated with depressive disorders in children, a common emotional effect of domestic violence.
Along with these general complaints of not feeling well, children who witness domestic violence may also appear nervous, as previously mentioned, and have short attention spans. These children display some of the same symptoms as children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
On the reverse, these children may show symptoms of fatigue and constant tiredness. They may fall asleep in school due to the lack of sleep at home. Much of their night may be spent listening to or witnessing violence within the home. Children of domestic violence victims are often frequently ill, and may suffer from poor personal hygiene.
Children who witness domestic violence also have a tendency to partake in high risk play activities, self-abuse, and suicide. Increased maternal stress during the times of abuse, especially when combined with smoking and drug abusecan also lead to premature deliveries and low weight babies.
Infants[ edit ] Infant children who are present in the home where domestic violence occurs often fall victim to being "caught in the crossfire. Infants may be inconsolable and irritable, have a lack of responsiveness secondary to lacking the emotional and physical attachment to their mother, suffer from developmental delaysand have excessive diarrhea from both trauma and stress.
Older children[ edit ] Physical effects of witnessing domestic violence in older children are less evident than behavioral and emotional effects. The trauma that children experience when they witness domestic violence in the home, plays a major role in their development and physical well being.
Older children can sometimes turn the stress towards behavioral problems. Sometimes children who see the abuse turn to drugs, hoping to take the pain away.
The children, however, will exhibit physical symptoms associated with their behavioral or emotional problems, such as being withdrawn from those around them, becoming non-verbal, and exhibiting regressed behaviors such as being clingy and whiney. Anxiety often accompanies a physical symptom in children who witness domestic violence in the home.
If their anxiety progresses to more physical symptoms, they may show signs of tiredness from lack of sleep and weight and nutritional changes from poor eating habits. Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust.
Children may think that violence is an acceptable behavior of intimate relationships and become either the abused or the abuser. Some warning signs are bed-wetting, nightmaresdistrust of adults, acting tough, having problems becoming attached to other people and isolating themselves from their close friends and family.
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