Domestic violence affects not only the women who are abused but also their children. Children and adolescents in families that experience domestic violence are at high risk for being abused.1
Even if they are not directly abused, these children and teens can be profoundly affected by the violence they witness at home. Potential consequences of childhood or adolescent exposure to domestic violence include behavior problems, decreased academic performance, increased anxieties, social problems, and aggression.1
Primary care providers are often the first health professionals to become aware of violence in a family. The safety issues associated with domestic violence, as well as the potential long-term adverse consequences of domestic violence for children and teens, speak to the urgent need for detection and intervention in primary care child and adolescent practice.