Are children who witness domestic
violence in their homes more likely than to grow up to be
abusers compared to children from non-violent homes?
For males, there is a strong link between witnessing domestic violence as a child and becoming an abuser as an adult. One study reported that 45% of male abusers had seen their mothers abused by their fathers when they were growing up.
Lynn Blinn Pike, Ph.D., Former Human Development Specialist, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009