Longer term harm experienced by children and young people affected by domestic abuse
Children and young people may experience life-long social, psychological vulnerabilities as a result of the trauma they have experienced, which may include:
- Mental health difficulties and risk of suicide/self-harm as a young person or in later life
- Injury or physical ill-health, including the effects of substance misuse
- Absence from school; difficulties concentrating; poorer educational outcomes and achievements.
- Social isolation – including increased risk of homelessness
- Behavioural issues including: risk of involvement in bullying or anti-social behaviour and Child to Parent Violence and Abuse
- Difficulties forming or maintaining healthy relationships. This may include increased risk of young people experiencing intimate partner violence and abuse, either as victim or perpetrator
- Difficulties maintaining healthy emotional or sexual boundaries. This may increase vulnerability to other abuse, including Child Sexual Exploitation.