Children’s experiences of violence

Children are affected by living with violence in the family.

Violence has an immediate impact on children’s health and well-being. Children who grow up with violence in their everyday life can develop behavioural problems, sleeping difficulties, eating disorders, under- or overdeveloped social competence, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and feelings of guilt and shame. They may also have been subjected to physical, psychological or sexual violence themselves.