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Exposure to violence can leave its mark on those affected. In children, exposure to violence can impact their growth and development. The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect suggests that domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse and neglect of fatalities in this country.
The Evanston Public Library has scheduled “Children’s Experience with Violence,” by the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Cara Liace, a licensed clinical social worker, will discuss domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences and explore how to support children who have been negatively influenced by exposure to violence.
The Chicago CAC is the front-line responder in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. Its professionals also respond to reports of child physical abuse, witness to violence and other serious maltreatment. Since opening its doors in 2001, the Center has served more than 34,000 children.
This program will help parents and others responsible for children to identify how to cope themselves with these issues as well as support their loved ones to recover and heal more effectively.
People can use this training to spot signs and support these children even if they don’t know exactly what the children have experienced.