Children exposed to Domestic Violence

Nadine Burke Childhood Trauma Effects

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris’ healthcare practice focuses on a little-understood, yet very common factor in childhood that can profoundly impact adult-onset disease: trauma

We must address the Childhood Trauma Effects of Domestic Violence Divorces-

“The most beneficial action a court can take for a child exposed to domestic violence is to end the exposure and support the protective parent” says Lynn Hecht Schafran 


Domestic Violence, Developing Brains, and the Lifespan: New Knowledge from Neuroscience

This article, written by Lynn Hecht Schafran and published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Judges Journal, discusses current science on the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children’s developing brains.

In 2000, the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) added a ground-breaking unit on the neurobiology of trauma to our curriculum on adult victim sexual violence. Judges and others have found this neuroscience unit extremely helpful in understanding phenomena such as why the way in which traumatic memories are recorded and recalled prevents victims of traumatic events such as rape from producing the sequential, never-forget-a-detail narrative of the assault that most people expect.

We are now at a comparable knowledge–development point with respect to understanding the impact of domestic violence on children. This has been a subject of judicial concern and commentary for decades. Now, with the advent of magnetic resonance imaging, neuroscientists have produced scores of studies documenting on a neuronal level the profoundly negative impact of exposure to domestic violence on children, and how children can recover when exposure to the violence is eliminated and they are secure in the care of their non-abusing, primary caregiver parent.

Judges’ Journal 2014 Domestic Violence – Impact on Children – Neuroscience


Two Recent Studies show Child abuse changes the brain

 How child abuse changes the brain

(Reuters) – Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said on Monday.

A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother

“Fathers who batter the mother are twice as likely to seek sole custody of their children as are non-violent fathers.’ – American Psychological Association

A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

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What Resilience looks like when we address the problem when they are small…