We have children in front of us who have been victims of domestic assault, assault and battery and other violent crimes.
Fairfax County leaders met on Thursday wearing purple sweaters, shirts and sneakers in honor of domestic violence prevention with a focus on what they say is an overlooked population: children.
In response, county officials have rolled out a new initiative to help kids who witness domestic violence. An impact officials says domestic violence is often life long.
“The step up for kids initiative addresses the needs of children who live with domestic violence in their homes because these children are at risk for a lot of significant difficulties as they grow, including being victims of physical abuse or neglect, experiencing mental health or substance issues and all of this puts them at greater risk for poor outcomes as they grow,” said Brittany Vera, the county child witness to domestic violence coordinator.