Children are affected in many ways by violence in the home. Even if children do not directly witness the abuse, they are aware of what is going on. Children who witness a parent being abused will often behave as if they have been abused themselves. It is not uncommon to see kids in this situation behave differently.
Differences may include an increase in temper tantrums, use of foul language, a change in sleep or eating patterns, acting sad and/or not wanting to play with friends, acting fearful of leaving mom, and problems at school such as aggressive behaviors, poor concentration, or changes in grades. Any time there is trauma such as this in a child's life, it is important to get help and support for them.