Protecting victims, preventing violence,  and empowering survivors

Children & Domestic Violence – 19 Days of Activism Press Release

effects_of_dv_on_children19 Days of Activism

Fact: A child that you know is currently living in a violent home

Many Children Who Live in Homes Where There is Domestic Violence Also Suffer from Abuse and Neglect



Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Many of those children become a victim of the abuse themselves. Young girls who witness and experience domestic violence as children are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults, and young boys who witness and experience domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their own partners and children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation.

Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services seek to not only help adult victims and survivors of domestic violence, but children also. The abuse may be of primary form; direct verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, or secondary; witnessing abuse and living in a violent household. To help aid child sufferers of domestic violence we provide court advocacy and assistance in obtaining Orders of Protection, individual counseling and children’s support group, safe-shelter for the family, and sexual assault hospital accompaniment for victims 13 and older.

For a child, domestic violence can truly last a lifetime. Hearing, witnessing, or experiencing violence in the home can result in developmental regression, impairment in learning, impairment in social and emotional development, anxiety, depression, and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and can also put the child at risk for future victimization/perpetration. It’s up to all of us to stop being silent about domestic violence, to save our children and future generations. We are grateful to partner with The Child Advocacy Center, for the great work they do, and to be a part of the 19 Days of Activism.


About Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services Our mission is simple: To protect victims, prevent violence, and empower survivors. We accomplish this by providing citizens of Rutherford County with the free resources and assistance necessary to effectively deal with the personal, social, and legal implications of victimization by domestic violence and sexual assault.

To learn more about our program or to get involved, visit or call (615) 896-7377.



Kara Mischke

Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Assault Services

2106 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN

(615) 896-7377 /