Children and Domestic Violence

When they live in an abusive home, children are victims, too, directly or indirectly. Understanding the nature of domestic violence is necessary to break this cycle of abuse and let the healing begin for your children.

Each year, Mutual Ground Children’s Advocates help over 400 child witnesses of domestic violence learn to deal with their feelings of fear and confusion, guilt and shame.

  • It is vital for these youngest of victims to be able to deal with these strong emotions and to learn new and healthy ways of communicating and relating to others.
  • If left unchallenged and uninterrupted, the dangerous lessons children have observed may be repeated as they grow into adulthood, continuing the cycle of violence for yet another generation.

Mutual Ground Children Advocates work with children in a variety of settings that include our shelter, your home and at schools. They encourage the children who have been exposed to domestic violence to acknowledge and express their feelings. A program of directed activities let the children practice critical new ways of communicating and relating to others.