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Children are often used by batterers as one of their many tools of manipulation by threatening loss of custody, undermining the other parent’s authority, and rewarding misbehavior. Batterers extend their physical abuse to the children in 30-60% of cases and batterers are six times more likely than non-batterers to sexually assault children in the home.
Children who directly witness or indirectly experience domestic violence share the same trauma response. They are more likely to have trouble in school, score lower on standardized tests, and be anxious or depressed. Children exposed to violence are fifteen times more likely to become victims of domestic or sexual violence.
If you suspect a friend, family member or co-worker is a victim of domestic violence, ask. Victims who are asked about possible abuse are more likely to seek help. Remind them it’s not their fault and it’s not okay. Finally, refer them to local domestic violence organizations to get help. To find one near you, go to domesticshelters.org
Abused children and youth are 28 times more likely to be arrested for prostitution than children who have not been abused (National Center for Youth Law), and 70–90% of commercially sexually exploited children have a history of child sexual abuse (Murphy, 1993).
Children and youth are sold for sex every day, even in Colorado. Learn the signs and report if you suspect human trafficking in your community.
To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).
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In Boulder County call the Department of Housing and Human Services:
Outside Colorado call:
1-800-4-ACHILD or visit childhelp.org
If you are uncertain what to do call us at 303-444-1388 and we will guide you.