How does domestic violence affect children?
Violence and trauma can have long-lasting effects on children who witness or experience violent events.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers this advice and self-help information to parents who are concerned about trauma to their children, especially in domestic violence situations.
- An Overview of How Domestic Violence Affects Children
- Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
- Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence is a leading expert on childhood exposure to domestic violence. Their website has many resources for families and professionals coping with childhood trauma exposure.
Resources in Maine
Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare coordinates hospital psychiatric care with community-based treatment services, and better access to medical care through integration with primary care. They have more than 30 clinical programs and nearly 30 service locations in Maine. Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s primary goal is connecting clients and patients to appropriate care when they need it.
MBH specializes in trauma-focused evidence-based treatment for children and youth who have been exposed to violence. Learn more about their services for children and youth.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare also offers family and group therapies to help children, adolescents, adults and elders from all incomes and backgrounds struggling with:
- Depression and anxiety
- Acute and chronic mental illness
- Relationship, couples and family problems
- Family crises, including separation, divorce or death
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Addiction/substance use
- Post-traumatic stress disorder and recovery from catastrophic events
- Loss and declining health that come with aging Elders with mental illness
- And many other emotional and psychological difficulties
Portland Defending Childhood
Portland Defending Childhood serves the greater Portland area. They offer treatment, training, and resources for children and families who have experienced violence.