Hearing and Seeing

Abuse Affects Children

Learn about how abuse and violence exposure impacts children:

Children who hear, see or are in any way exposed to abuse and violence may experience trauma. They may experience challenges such as problems in school, anxiety, and depression, and be at greater risk for addiction to drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy, street crime and running away.

Rady Children's Chadwick Center

Treatment for childhood trauma is available. Most services are covered through the California Victim Compensation Program if a police report has been filed or services may be covered through your insurance. 



San Diego County District Attorney's Office, Victim Assistance Program

Children exposed to abuse may be eligible for free therapy funded through the Victim Compensation Board. To learn more contact a Victim Assistance Program advocate at (619) 531-4041.

San Diego County District Attorney's Office  


This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-YX-BX-0001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.