Even if they’ve not witnessed the abuse, chances are the children know it’s been happening.
They hear the violence and feel scared, too. Every child responds differently but some things are common. Infants may experience failure to thrive or developmental delays. School children often suffer from depression, anxiety, and digestive illnesses. Teens might show struggles at school and feel responsible for their siblings and abused parent.
Sometimes survivors stay because they don’t want the children to be homeless or the abuser has threatened to harm the children if they leave. Other times, parents are afraid children could be taken from their care if they expose the abuse. We are committed to safety, healing, and stability for you and your children.