Increased maternal stress during the times of abuse, especially when combined with smoking and drug abuse, can also lead to premature deliveries and low weight babies.When a woman is stressed while pregnant, the baby can be born with stress and anxiety and can sometimes have problems with growth.
These children harbor feelings of guilt, blame, and are constantly on edge.
They may also have irritable and irregular bowel habits, cold sores, and they may have problems with bed-wetting.
These complaints have been associated with depressive disorders in children, a common emotional effect of domestic violence.
Children who witness domestic violence in the home should be assessed for the physical effects and physical injuries.
Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust. Children may think that violence is an acceptable behavior of intimate relationships and become either the abused or the abuser.
Children who witness domestic violence also have a tendency to partake in high risk play activities, self-abuse, and suicide.