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How domestic abuse effects a child

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Spotting the signs

These are some things that children may do after experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse:

  • Become anxious or depressed
  • Have difficulty sleeping
  • Have nightmares or flashbacks
  • Complain of physical symptoms such as tummy aches
  • Start to wet their bed
  • Have temper tantrums
  • Behave as though they are much younger than they are
  • Have problems at school, or may start truanting
  • Become aggressive
  • Internalise their distress and withdraw from other people
  • Have a lowered sense of self-worth
  • Older children may start to use alcohol or drugs
  • Begin to self-harm by taking overdoses or cutting themselves
  • Develop an eating disorder

If you are concerned for a child after reading this list, get in touch with us today.

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