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July 28, 2014

Domestic violence can ‘scar’ a child’s DNA: Watching family members being hurt is linked with damage to chromosomes

Children who witness domestic violence often bear emotional scars, but now a study has found that seeing family members being hurt can also scar a child’s DNA.

Young people in homes affected by domestic violence or suicide have significantly shorter telomeres – or ‘caps’ on their genes – than those in stable households.

Such genetic damage could also increase the child’s risk of heart disease, obesity and other problems as they grow up.

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