The season for candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating is upon us! While this is a time for imagination and tradition, if you have young children this holiday, it may be a good idea to reevaluate your standard Halloween expectations in order for the littlest ones in your crew to enjoy the experience, too.

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Witnessing verbal aggression between caregivers — like threats and hostile remarks — may be just as harmful to a child as witnessing physical violence. New research tells us that witnessing verbal aggression may be just as harmful to a child’s development. In fact, it might even be more destructive. If you think a child is safe because she hasn’t witnessed physical violence, think again.

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When children grow up witnessing domestic violence, they carry a lifelong burden. This early trauma may impact their development, emotional regulation, and mental health. But one of the saddest outcomes is that children who witness domestic violence grow up to have a greater risk of living in violent relationships

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When we think about babies being harmed as a result of intimate partner violence, we might imagine nightmarish scenarios of physical trauma. Pregnant women getting hit in the abdomen. Babies getting injured by blows intended for a parent.

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Domestic violence has often been called an invisible crime, but all that changed when a professional football star was photographed beating his fiancée and his modest punishment by the National Football League sparked widespread outrage.

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