Studies suggest that 15.5 million children in the U.S. witness domestic violence annually. By age 17, over one-third of America’s children will have been exposed to domestic violence. Witnessing violence can have a lasting impact on a child, and can result in fractured relationships, poor academic success, and even health problems that can last long into adulthood.
FUTURES works to promote resiliency for children exposed to violence. We’re working at the forefront of policy and research to advance promising practices in health care, education, law enforcement, and in the community that help children and youth heal and thrive.
We believe in starting early, and investing in prevention strategies that promote healthy parent-child relationships, friendships, and dating relationships. We honor the lived experiences of victims and survivors of violence and partner with organizations to advance systems and social norms change. Working with violence prevention advocates and educators, FUTURES has worked to break the cycle of violence by developing groundbreaking programs to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.
The report was developed in partnership with leaders from throughout the health, education, justice, and child development fields, with support from The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund.