1 in 4 adolescents report experiencing verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.
U.S. government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. The children of these women often witness the domestic violence.
- 1 in 4 girls (25%) are sexually abused by the age of 18.
- 1 in 6 boys (17%) are sexually abused by the age of 18.
- Most teen sexual abuse victims (7 in 10, or 70%) know their abuser. It is generally a family member, or someone close to the family.
CHILDREN EXPOSED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children conservatively estimates that 275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in the home.
- Children who have been exposed to family violence suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and are at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.
- Females who are exposed to their parents’ domestic violence as adolescents are significantly more likely to become victims of dating violence than daughters of nonviolent parents
- Children who experience childhood trauma, including witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy.
Safe Haven of Person County advocates for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as the community.
Safe Haven of Person County hosts FREE Child Custody and Divorce Clinics to provide clients the opportunity to speak with an attorney. These clinics are free of charge and occur at various dates and time during the month.
Please contact Safe Haven at 336-597-8699 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and intake requirements.
Please give our office a call, and our trained advocates can assist you with the process of obtaining a Domestic Violence Protective Order (50B) or Restraining Order.
You can also find more information on what a Domestic Violence Protective Order is, how it may pertain to your current situation, and most importantly how it may protect you should you need to file a restraining order here in Person County and/or in the state of North Carolina by visiting http://www.womenslaw.org.