According to a new study, children who are exposed to domestic violence don’t perform as well in school:
The costs of this dysfunction are even more profound. Kids exposed to domestic violence definitely do have lower reading and math scores and greater disciplinary problems.”
Even worse, it seems there’s a ripple effect as the study also discovers a negative academic impact on kids who have contact with kids who have been exposed to domestic violence:
But the effects of this dysfunction are not limited to the direct victims of this violence: kids exposed to kids exposed to domestic violence also have lower test scores and more disciplinary infractions.”
So it appears that domestic violence reverberates far beyond the home in which it takes place. Perhaps concern for kids’ academic performance will succeed where compassion and decency have failed in bringing about a society free of domestic violence.