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Children's Wellness Program

Our Children Wellness Program is designed to help children who have experienced domestic violence in thier home or in their lives. Many children exposed to violence in the home are also victims of physical abuse. Children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at greater risk of being violent in their future relationships. If you are a parent who is experiencing abuse, it can be difficult to know how to protect your child.

Children in homes where one parent is abused may feel fearful and anxious. They may always be on guard, wondering when the next violent event will happen. This can cause them to react in different ways, depending on their age. 

Impacts of Domestic Violence on Children

Children in Preschool or Younger

Young children who witness intimate partner violence may start doing things they used to do when they were younger, such as bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, increased crying, and whining. They may also develop difficulty falling or staying asleep; show signs of terror, such as stuttering or hiding; and show signs of severe separation anxiety.

School-Age Children

Children in this age range may feel guilty about the abuse and blame themselves for it. Domestic violence and abuse hurts children’s self-esteem. They may not participate in school activities or get good grades, have fewer friends than others, and get into trouble more often. They also may have a lot of headaches and stomachaches.

Teenagers

Teens who witness abuse may act out in negative ways, such as fighting with family members or skipping school. They may also engage in risky behaviors, such as having unprotected sex and using alcohol or drugs. They may have low self-esteem and have trouble making friends. They may start fights or bully others and are more likely to get in trouble with the law. This type of behavior is more common in teen boys who are abused in childhood than in teen girls. Girls are more likely than boys to be withdrawn and to experience depression.

Our Program

Children in Preschool or Younger
 
Program Length: 6-week curriculum, 1 day a week for 30 minutes
 
Topics Covered: Children will learn "The Protect Yourself Rules: 6 Rules to Recognize and Prevent Abuse" and skills for safety and disclosure of abuse
 
School-Age Children
 
Program Length: 8-week curriculum, 1 day per week for 45 minutes
 
Topics Covered: Provide essential tools that can diminish trauma, focusing on concepts of friendship, bullying, citizenship, fairness, sharing, kindness, and anger management. The objective is to help them practice positive relationships, positive communication skills, and building healthy self-esteem.
 
Teenagers
 
Program Length: 8-week curriculum, 1 day per week for 1 hour 
 
Topics Covered: This age group is introduced as a prevention method where teens learn about teen dating violence, building healthy relationships, and effective communication skills. 

Let Us Help You!

If you have a child that has been exposed to domestic violence, please call or email us to set an appointment for an assessment. All of our servcies are free, confidential, and offerred in English and Spanish. 
 
Program Contact Name: Denisse Olguín, denisse.olguin@cnunitedway.org 
 
For an appointment: 866-742-4608
 
24-Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
 
Additional Resources: If you find yourself in an emergency situation, always dial 9-1-1