Children and Abuse

Domestic violence affects children, even if they're witnesses and not the target of abuse. Parents may think children do not know about the violence, but most of the time they do. Children often know what happened. They can feel helpless, scared and upset. They may also feel like the violence is their fault.  Exposure to domestic violence puts children at risk of developmental problems, psychiatric disorders, problems at school, aggressive behavior and low self-esteem.

A new national study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the affects of abuse on children are greater than previously reported. More than one-third (34%) of children who witness domestic violence are also victims, compared to only 9% of children who do not witness domestic violence. Throughout their childhood, most (57%) children who are exposed to domestic violence are victims of neglect, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse, according to the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.  The study also found that children exposed to domestic violence are also six times more likely to witness a sibling being abused by one of the parents. Further, as children exposed to domestic violence become adolescents, they are at increased risk for problematic relationships with greatly increased risk of dating violence and statutory rape. Click here to learn more.

You may worry that seeking help may further endanger you and your children, or that it may break up your family. Parents may fear that abusive partners will try to take their children away from them. But getting help is the best way to protect your children — and yourself.

Time Out Can Help!  Time Out offers children's services within the emergency shelter program. In addition, limited children's services are available under our community-based program. For details, call our hotline:  928-472-8007.

Teen Dating Violence

Dating violence includes the use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate or control another person in a relationship of romantic or intimate in nature, regardless if the relationship is continuing or has ended.

One study found that between 20-45% of high school students have experienced some form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by a dating partner (Foshee 1996, O’Keefe 1997). Nearly half of the worst incidents they experience occur at school (Molider, Tolman, & Kober 2000). Students who experience dating violence may skip school to avoid an abusive partner, have difficulty concentrating, fail academically and eventually drop out of school.

What Can Be Done?  Discussing healthy relationships is important for young people. Focus on positive messages and reinforce healthy relationship skills. By only focusing on intervention (after the abuse occurs), only one out of ten affected by abuse is likely to seek help.

Time Out Can Help!  Training is available for schools, law enforcement, parenting groups, faith-based organizations, and others. Email or call for details: 928-472-8007.

Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse defines elder abuse as intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self‐neglect is also considered mistreatment.  How big is the problem? No one knows for certain because relatively few cases are identified. Research indicates that more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse, but only one in five cases or fewer are reported. This means that very few seniors who have been abused get the help they need.

Who is at Risk? Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio‐economic groups, cultures, and races. Women and “older” elders are more likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues ‐ of both abusers and victims ‐ are risk factors. Isolation can also contribute to risk.  Visit the National Center on Elder Abuse to learn more.

What Should I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse? Report Your Concerns. Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation.

To report suspected abuse in a nursing home or long‐term care facility, contact your state specific agency. To find the listing, visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman website.

Time Out Can Help! Time offers emergency shelter and community based programs for all adult victims. For details, call our hotline: 928-472-8007.


If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff.