Your Say: Do you think family violence can harm unborn babies?

What are your thoughts?

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-212) is a United States law which recognizes a child in utero as a legal victim. There is increasing research that supports the fact that a child in utero will be affected by violence.

Alytia Levendosky and Andy Henion for  MSU Today:

Domestic violence can affect children even before they’re born, indicates new research by Michigan State University scientists.
The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment.
“For clinicians and mothers, knowing that the prenatal experience of their domestic violence can directly harm their babies may be a powerful motivator to help moms get out of these abusive situations,” said Alytia Levendosky, psychology professor and study co-author.

By Jacqueline Le for AAP via Perth Now:

FAMILY violence harms young children even if they are still in the womb or don't actually see the abuse, a royal commission has been told.
THERE is no such thing as an acceptable level of violence for children, Victoria's royal commission into family violence was also told last Tuesday.
"Children can smell fear. They can sense it, literally, through skin contact," family therapist Robin Miller told public hearings in Melbourne.