Children’s exposure to domestic and family violence

Child Family Community Australia, Australia

This paper examines the literature assessing children’s exposure to domestic and family violence, and findings that domestic and family violence can affect children’s behaviour, schooling, cognitive development, mental and physical wellbeing, and is the leading cause of homelessness for children. Children who grow up in families where domestic and family violence occur are also more likely to experience other forms of child abuse, such as sexual, physical and emotional abuse/maltreatment. The effects of such multi-victimisation require attention in policy, practice and research.

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