Children can be exposed to violence as direct victims, or as witnesses. This type of stress can impact their health and well-being. However, with the right support from key people and other resiliency builders in their lives, many children exposed to trauma can thrive.

The primary types of violence that children are exposed to include (as witnesses and/or direct victims):

Domestic violence
Child abuse (physical, verbal, emotional and neglect)
Sexual abuse
Gang violence
Crime and assault
Teen dating violence
Sexual assault
War/acts of terrorism

To learn more about how exposure to this type of stress and violence can impact brain development, health and other life outcomes, the following resources are available:

National Defending Childhood Campaign
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The Joyful Heart Foundation
ACEs Too High
The United States Department of Justice

Promising Futures

Local evaluation of Defending Childhood Initiative:

Evaluation results by goal area 

Evaluation of collaboration

Contact Us

Erin Fairchild

erin.fairchild@multco.us (503) 988-4995
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