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      Domestic impact having an impact on children

      Fifty percent of domestic violence cases between two individuals in an intimate relationship also includes child abuse, according to Nancy Barton of Sistercare.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)-Fifty percent of domestic violence cases between two individuals in an intimate relationship also includes child abuse, according to Nancy Barton of Sistercare.

      Barton, the Executive Director of Sistercare, says that the earlier the intervention, the absolute best for the child.

      ??It's really serious from that point of view," said Barton. "Of course there are all sorts of behavioral, emotional, and social problems.??

      While several mothers try to hide their abuse, Barton says that eighty to ninety percent of children living in a violent home know what's going on.

      She adds that a child witnessing domestic violence puts them at a greater risk of becoming the victim or aggressor of domestic violence in their adulthood.

      "We really emphasize that domestic violence is not their fault," said Barton.

      If you or someone you know is going through domestic violence, Sistercare offers a 24 hour hotline at 803-763-9428.