What about the kids?


  • 15-25% of pregnant women are battered
  • 30% of battered women are battered while pregnant
  • 50% of men who abuse their wives also abuse their children
  • 87% of children are cognizant of their mother’s victimization. Don’t assume they don’t know because they are in the other room or appear to be asleep.
  • More than 50% of kidnappings in the U.S. occur within the context of domestic violence
  • 100% of children are affected when they are exposed to violence in the home.


  • Domestic violence causes more birth defects that accidents and illnesses combined
  • A mother’s fear can send convulsion-like tumors through the fetus, damaging the developing brain and nervous system
  • Simply exposing your child to violence is a form of child abuse
  • Children who witness abuse often suffer the same emotional symptoms as children who are directly abused
  • By watching abuse, boys learn violence is a way to solve problems, gain control of a situation and/or get what they want
  • By watching abuse, girls learn to expect and accept it.
  • Feelings of fear, anxiety, powerlessness, low self-esteem and the emotional/behavioral problems will not end when the abuse ends. The emotional aftermath of abuse may last a lifetime.
  • Children of abuse are at an increased risk for: alcohol abuse, drug abuse, gambling, compulsive spending, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, sexual promiscuity, running away, and suicide.
  • Domestic violence is a cycle: children who grow up in a violent home learn how to have a relationship from this model and so the stage is set for the next generation of abusers and victims.

About The Mary Byron Project

The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities. Solutions are within our grasp. The Mary Byron Project was established with that quest in mind.
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