The effects of domestic violence on children will be discussed at a public workshop Tuesday at the Camarillo Health Care District.
"Even if children are in the next room, they can hear what's going on," said workshop instructor Angela Lawson, supervisor for the Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Children often think domestic violence is their fault, causing problems with guilt and self-esteem, Lawson said.
"Children also fear that even if it is not happening to them, that it could potentially happen to them," she said. "And when children are concerned about their own safety, then they can have difficulty learning in school, getting along with others and identifying with adults."
The effects of domestic violence are staggering, Lawson says:
* Up to half of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.
* Adolescents who grow up in violent homes are six times more likely to attempt suicide than those growing up in nonviolent homes, and 24 times more likely to commit sexual assault crimes.