Domestic violence can have lifelong effect on exposed kids, say experts

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 18, 2015) - Domestic violence often affects more families than most of people realize. Experts say this can have a lifelong impact on any kids involved.

Children who witness this have a higher risk of behavioral problems and in-school problems, say experts, even becoming future victims or aggressors themselves.

The Domestic Violence Network has organized a meeting Wednesday morning in Lebanon to help those who work with kids and families to know the signs.

They say one in 20 Hoosier kids through age 5 have seen a family member hit by another family member. The rate is one in 10 for kids ages 6-17.

A Ball State University study found that 11 percent of Indiana’s high school students experienced physical dating violence last year, that’s higher than the national average of 10.3 percent.

“Children that witness violence at home between their parents often times not only see that as a normal way to have a relationship but they also are more likely to become victims later in life as well,” said Natalie Phillips with the Domestic Violence Network.

Studies show that domestic violence will affect one in three women and one in seven men during their lifetime.

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