Child Advocacy

Open Arms 24-HOUR Crisis Hotline: 419-422-4766

The Child Advocacy Program provides individual and group sessions with children who are or have been affected by domestic violence.   

Did You Know That...

Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate that is 1500% higher than the national average. (National Women Abuse Prevention Project)  

In general, 70% of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children. (Yllo & Bogard, 1988 "Feminist Perspectives of Wife Abuse")  

80% of violent juvenile offenders and adult prisoners come from homes where domestic violence occurred. (Ohio Physician's Domestic Violence Project, Ohio DHS, 1991)

Myth: Children in homes where domestic violence occurs do not understand the violence and are therefore unaffected by it.  

Reality: Although parents minimize the presence of children during the time of the battering incident, children of battered women report having seen and heard the assault taking place.  In addition, children can vividly describe the violence acts that their parents never realized they had observed.  (Jaffe, Wolfe & Wilson: Children of Battered Women)  

Characteristics of Children in Abusive Homes:

Feel fear

Feel powerless 

See, hear violence 

Experience emotional abandonment 

Experience depression and/or flashbacks 

Feel isolated

Develop low self-esteem 

Develop problems with anger  

There is Hope

Child abuse, whether by fathers or mothers, is likely to diminish once the battered parent is able to gain access to safety services and achieve separation from the violent parent.  (Jean Giles-Sims, "A Longitudinal Study of Battered Children of Battered Wives," in Family Relation)