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There are a variety of reactions that children have to domestic violence. On this page we will list some of the generalized effects and statictics involving children. 

INFANTS: Tend to be irritable; have difficulty sleeping; become ill; frequently suffer from diarrhea.
 
PRESCHOOL: Somatic (physical) complaints; regress to earlier stages of development; irritable; fearful of being alone; reluctant to leave their mothers; fairly open about the family violence; are sympathetic to mother's plight.
 
ELEMENTARY AGE: Vacillate between being eager to please adults and make new friends, to being hostile and aggressive; verbal about home life;
 
CHILDREN 11 YEARS AND OLDER: Protective of mother; guarded; secretive; often deny violence; may consider violence as a primary means to conflict resolution.
 
IN GENERAL: Somatic complaints---headaches, stomach aches, diarrhea, ulcers, intestinal problems, asthma, enuresis.
Sleeping difficulties---insomnia, sleep walking, bedwetting, nightmares. School related problems---eratic attendance, poor performance, distractibility, school phobia.
Other---excessive crying, estreme fear, withdrawal or extreme passivity and dependency, aggressiveness and impulsivity, tantrums, anxiety, depression and self mutilation, confusion about feeling for their parents (love/hate), may blame themselves for parents fighting.
 
This list is by no means complete nor will every child exhibit all the listed behaviors.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month