Children's Project

We offer support services to children between the ages of 5 and 17 who have been exposed to domestic violence.


Facts About the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

  • Over 5 million children witness domestic violence each year.
  • A child witnessed violence in 22% of intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.
  • 30 to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
  • Males who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  • Females are more likely to be victims as adults.
  • Young criminal offenders are 4 times more likely to come from abusive homes.

How domestic violence impacts on young people

  • Self-blame for being unable to prevent the abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger about violence and chaos in their lives
  • Regression in development, depending on age
  • Poor anger management and problem-solving skills
  • Isolation from friends and relatives
  • Difficulty in trusting, especially adults
  • Excessive attention-seeking, often using extreme behaviors
  • Bedwetting and nightmares
  • Out of control behaviors, unable to set own limits or follow directions
  • Take on a caretaker role prematurely, trying to protect their mother
  • Poorly developed communication skills
  • Poor self-image
  • Eating disorders
  • Low academic achievement
  • Nightmares

Our services are free and confidential and include:

  • Care Coordination
  • Safety Planning
  • Court advocacy and accompaniment
  • Individual Therapy
  • Healthy Relationship support groups for teens
  • Educational groups for children who have witnessed violence
  • Parent Education
  • Holiday Programs

The Laurel Center services are open to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity, ability, national origin, and other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws.


P.O. Box 14
Winchester, VA. 22604

24-Hour Hotline: 540-667-6466
Business Line: 540-667-6160
Fax: 540-667-0138

Warren County Sexual Assault Program

24-Hour Hotline: 540-305-1083

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