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One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

What this means is that there can be many more children who witness, experience and in some cases perpetrate this violence.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators are in a unique position to observe, guide and influence children's learning experiences and perceptions of the world around them. For children experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, home is not a safe place. Behaviors among children witnessing or experiencing domestic violence can vary, and for many there can be no outward signs. Some children, however, may act out the stress and fear they experience at home.

Behavioral signs of violence in the home may come out as oppositional, anxious, bullying or people pleasing. Teenagers may also experience battering in a dating relationship. At the very least, children and teens are often compromised in their ability to fully experience school life.

Educators can raise their knowledge, awareness and skill in assessing and screening for domestic violence by developing educational partnerships with their local domestic violence program. This can include opportunities to:

PCADV and its member programs encourage educators to take steps to assist children and families affected by domestic violence - and we are here to help. Call us at 800-932-4632.
  • Request professional training on working with children exposed to domestic violence, teen dating violence and other topics.
  • Locate state and local resources for victims of domestic violence.
  • Contact our Legal Department at 888-235-3425 for information about family law and domestic violence law. (This is not a helpline for victims.)

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