As many as 70 percent of children from violent homes witness their fathers beating their mothers. In addition, about 30 to 54 percent of reported cases of spousal abuse also report child abuse. One-quarter to one-half of children in violent homes are hurt incidentally during the violence or are injured when they try to intervene in the struggle. Several studies have documented that children exposed to violence in their homes have significant behavioral difficulties, including depression or PTSD, during childhood and later life. Several studies have documented a link between growing up in a violent home and later high-risk behaviors such as drug use, promiscuity, and criminal behaviors.
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