“They often cannot connect the dots between what they experienced in their childhood homes and the challenges they face today.”
-Dr. Sandra A. Graham-Bermann

What is the impact of CDV?

CDV impacts people in a number of different ways. One of the most common is that experiencing Childhood Domestic Violence can negatively wire a developing brain, encoding a series of negative beliefs – or LIES – which, if left unchallenged, can last well into adulthood.

Here are the 10 key LIES many may have learned growing up with domestic violence:

If you experienced CDV, you may falsely believe you’re…

It was your fault – you should have stopped it.
Bitter, having no true compassion for another.
Hurt, often feeling a sense of loss.
Truly not connected to others.
Prone to violence and in a frequent state of frustration.
At times, life has no purpose. Things don’t work out.
Unimportant, not good enough, a failure.
Uncertain, timid, lacking true confidence inside.
Unattractive, not good enough for another.
Not able to really love or be loved.

Those who believe some or all of these LIES about themselves can face challenges in some or all of 4 key areas of their life – 


The negative mental, emotional, behavioral, social, and physical effects of CDV have been extensively documented over the past 2 decades. To learn more about these effects, visit our Articles section below.

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The impact of Childhood Domestic Violence can be lifelong in terms of physical and mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress, difficulty in relationships with others, academic and employment failures, and trouble parenting.

Dr. Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
Director, Child and Violence Trauma Lab
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Michigan

The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence

Behind Closed Doors: The Impact
of Domestic Violence on Children


Those who experience CDV are…



Where to start if you need help

There are many ways for you to partner with us and help bring awareness to CDV and make an impact.

Ways to Help