Emily Bowen, Ed.M., Amanda Mahnke, Ed.M.
Leiana Kinnicutt, MSW
Everyday, too many children and youth are exposed to violence in their homes and in their communities. Studies suggest that 15.5 million children in the U.S. witness domestic violence annually (Whitfield et al., 2003). By age 17, over one-third of America’s children will have been exposed to domestic violence (Finkelhor et al., 2009). Over 60% of children and youth have experienced at least one direct or witnessed victimization of violence generally in the previous year and almost half had experienced a physical assault in the study year (Finkelhor et al., 2009).