This chapter outlines the impact of domestic violence (DV) on young children. Exposure to DV has detrimental effects on the emotional and behavioural adjustment of significant numbers of children. Impacts on children vary greatly, depending on developmental stage, the longevity, severity and extent of the violence and abuse, the quality of their relationships with caregivers, and the intersection of adversities experienced. While many children living with DV have protective factors that mean that they do as well as those in the general community, outcomes are worst for those children where the violence is chronic and severe and there are few mediating influences.
Researchers: Kertesz, M., Fogden, L., & Humphreys, C.
Citation: Kertesz, M., Fogden, L., & Humphreys, C. (2021). Domestic violence and the impact on young children. In Devaney, J., Bradbury-Jones, C., Macy, R., Øverlien, C. and Holt, S. (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse (pp. 128 – 140) London: Routledge.