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Children & Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is often thought of as a issue between adults. Medical technology and research concerning neurobiology has shown that children exposed to the trauma of domestic violence suffer greatly.  Research has shown that children are harmed by domestic violence even if they never see it and are never physically abused themselves. Even hearing yelling, name-calling, slapping and hitting sounds can be traumatic and  have a long term and  profound effect on children.

Research has shown that when one child is effected, many more children are also impacted.  No child is safe until all children live in safe and healthy homes.

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is committed to providing education concerning the effects of trauma on children.  Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is committed to promoting programs and policies that promote safe and healthy homes for all our children.  

The following resources are tools for kids, teens, parents and professionals. We hope you find the links useful.


Child Safety Plan

Child Safety Plan Spanish

A Child’s Safety Plan for Visitation

A Child’s Safety Plan for Visitation Spanish



The SafeSpace.org

Love is Not Abuse

That's Not Cool.com

Break the Cycle.com

Utah Teen Dating Scene, Facebook

Other Resources:

Dating Violence Quiz

Teen Power and Control Wheel

Teen Safety Questionnaire

Teen Safety Questionnaire Spanish

Teen Safety Plan

Jealousy Self Quiz

Jealousy Self Quiz Spanish


Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

6 Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development, Dr. Bruce Perry

Maltreatment and the Developing Child: How Early Childhood Experience Shapes Child and Culture, Dr. Bruce Perry


Helpful Websites

CASA National Support (for staff/volunteers)

Family Violence Prevention Fund

National CASA Association

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence Project

National Institute of Justice, Violence Against Women & Family Projects

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

Prevent Child Abuse America

Children’s Justice Center Salt Lake County (with links to all counties in Utah)

Child Trauma Academy

Dr. Bruce Perry

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Department of Justice

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)

ABA Center on Children and the Law

Give Respect.org

Safety Checklist: General safety questions to ask kids

Abuse of Children Wheel

Nurturing Children Wheel

National Youth Crisis Hotline – A referral hotline for youth in crisis  800-HIT-HOME   (800-448-4663)