In Sri Lanka, a CARE and Partners for Prevention study found that men who experienced abuse as children – whether physical, sexual or emotional – were up to twice as likely to perpetrate violence against their female partners as men who were not abused. The problem deepens when child abuse and domestic violence occur at the same time in the childhood home.
The cycle does not stop at home. In-home aggression can translate to at-school violence. Children who suffer from family violence confront a forked reality: They are far more often bullied and are more likely to become bullies themselves.