Children and Youth

Children are profoundly impacted by growing up with abuse at home and the goal of the children & youth programs is to provide a safe place for children to learn that they are not to blame for the abuse and that there is help.

How common is living in violence?

  • 15.5 Million children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.
  • Abusers often abuse the children
  • Many of those children are hurt physically
  • Those who are not hurt physically still experience emotional hurt witnessing the abuse in their homes

Effects on Children

  • Children who live in abusive homes are at a higher risk to be come adjudicated as delinquent: often accused of burglary, arson, forgery, prostitution, running away, drug chargers, and other assaults.
  • They listen and see but don't understand situations the same way adults would.
  • Some are angry at their mother for not stopping the fight.
  • Some believe they are responsible for the fights and blame themselves for any injuries, incarceration, and arrest.
  • Some believe that if they try to be really good, they won't fight again.


Age appropriate groups meet the needs of children and youth who have been affected by domestic violence. Prevention and education materials include a variety of worksheets, workbooks and activities.

1 on 1 Individual Counseling

Is provided at the shelter and the children and youth can talk about issues they may be having. Age appropriate workbooks and other materials are also counseling tools to help them cope and mange any problems they may be going through.

Family Activity Center

The Family Activity Center provides a safe place where families can enjoy fun-filled activities. Domestic violence affects the family dynamics and mom’s involvement in playing helps strengthen the healing bond between them and playing can help her children build trust and a sense of safety in which they can thrive.


  • Delightful frogs, Sir Aiden and Lady Arianna guide pre-school-1st graders through exercises including Timothy Turtle’s Techniques that introduce personal power at an early age as they learn that it’s within them to handle being upset and disappointed.
  • The Good Hands Club is a program based on the book Hands Are Not for Hitting and Words Are Not for Hurting. Teaching children the proper way to interact with other children, in the ways that build character, understanding, and then giving them proper coping skills to do deal with everyday problems.
  • Bullying: The Power of One is a workbook for children K to 3rd grade that features Kennedy taking her friends on a trip to the Circus and it introduces the concept of positive inner power
  • “This be Cap’n Jack speakin’. Not all treasure is silver & gold” and he leads boys & girls on a great grand adventuaaarrr to find the treasure chest of positive power.