When the Bough Breaks: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

When the Bough Breaks: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

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Youth today are exposed to multiple forms of violence throughout their lifetime. In addition to maltreatment youth may themselves experience, they are also exposed to violence against their siblings, sexual assaults or intimate partner violence (IPV) against a parent and violent crime in their schools and communities. All of these forms of violence can negatively impact children, potentially resulting in problems throughout their childhood and adult lives, including physical or mental illnesses, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidality, eating disorders, substance abuse and deviant sexual behaviors.