Women In Distress experiences a spike in calls for help during the holiday season. What often gets lost in the shuffle are the children. An estimated 15.5 million children in the United States live in families where they have witnessed domestic violence at least once in a year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence has occurred.
Children exposed to family violence often suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, are at a greater risk for medical issues than their peers, and have an increased risk of aggressive, anxious, depressed or hyperactive behavior.
In Broward County and South Florida, Women In Distress is the support system for domestic violence abuse survivors and their children and provides all services to survivors and their children at no charge.
As the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County and South Florida, the center provides programs for children of domestic violence survivors such as family therapy for infants and toddlers to help with issues like extreme tantrums, play and art therapy to help children solve problems without violence, and education and outreach where children learn what a healthy relationship looks like.
If you suspect a child or family is experiencing domestic violence abuse, discreetly pass along our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline information so the survivor can safely secure services for themselves and their children. The Crisis Hotline can be reached any time of day or night at 954-761-1133.