Serving Victims of Crime

Symptoms of Children Who Live in Abusive Situations

Boys

  • serious problems with temper tantrums
  • continual fighting at school or between siblings
  • lashing out at objects, inside or outside of the home
  • treating pets cruelly or abusively
  • threatening younger sister or brother with violence. For instance, "You get over here with my teddy bear, or I'll kill you. I'll slice you into little pieces with a knife."
  • attempting to get attention through hitting, kicking or choking
  • modeling after dad--"Monkey see, monkey do"

Girls

  • withdrawal, signs not so obvious
  • occasional cringing if you raise your arm

The Progression of Violence

Understanding the Impact of High Conflict on Children