Even if children are not the direct victim of abuse, research has given us insight into the damage domestic violence can have on children who grow up around it, impacting their emotional, mental, social states.
In this blog, we’ll look at those effects and what victims of domestic violence can do to protect their kids.
Domestic Violence Epidemic
Approximately 15.5 million children live in homes where partner violence has occurred, but the numbers could be even higher since verbal and emotional abuse is more difficult to track. These children are at greater risk for repeating the cycle as adults by entering into abusive relationships or becoming abusers themselves.
Additionally, children who witness abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Other conditions may include diabetes, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorder, and heart disease.
Domestic violence is often the catalyst for one spouse to file for divorce and leave the relationship, especially when kids are involved.
Domestic Violence Effects on Child Custody
Family law courts take domestic violence matters very seriously, and it will likely impact the judge’s decision over child custody and visitation. They are focused on ensuring that the children's best interests are protected.
If you or your children suffer from domestic violence, you may want to seek the assistance of a skilled family law attorney immediately. These are some of the most highly-contentious cases with your safety at stake. Your lawyer will make sure you and your children are out of harm’s way. This could mean working with a judge to obtain an emergency restraining order that bars your spouse access to your home or gives you temporary custody of your children. Our team at SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation will work on your behalf toward the best possible outcome.
Get in touch with our Ventura divorce and child custody attorneys by calling (805) 222-7818 to learn more about how we can help you with your case.