Domestic Violence (Witnessing Family Violence)

Domestic violence is characterized by violent or abusive behaviours which occur within the child’s home environment. Domestic violence includes but is not limited to partner violence. The violence occurs between the child’s parent/primary caregiver and any other adult who resides in or frequents the home. This may include the mother’s partner, adult relative, boarder, or anyone else who has a relationship with the family. The frequency and severity (intensity) of violence can range from homicide or a single very serious incident resulting in injuries that require hospitalization, to a pattern of less serious physical violence (e.g. slapping, pushing) and/or a pattern of verbal abuse, threats of harm or criminal harassment.

Domestic violence can have a profound effect on children and may result in or raise the risk of child abuse or neglect.

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