Children who witness abuse suffer emotionally behaviorally, and cognitively.
There are no typical reactions to violence experienced by children.
Factors that may affect their behaviors include:
-Amount of violence witnessed
-Type of abuse witnessed
-Whether the child is a victim as well as an observer of the abuse
Parents should try to be aware of behaviors that are unusual for a particular child and continue for a week or more.
If necessary, they should seek the help of a mental-health professional.
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