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The focus of this research is to gain an in-depth understanding of the adverse effects of domestic violence on children while exploring how boys and girls respond uniquely in managing such a situation's inherent challenges. Despite traditionally being labeled "witnesses" or "observers" of domestic violence, most affected kids do not merely watch events unfold passively but actively develop strategies to cope with disturbing situations they are caught up in. This paper dives deep into Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), studying its effects and correlation across various factors like a child's socio-demographic background (age-group belongingness, family financial state, or household support system). It also highlights the crucial gaps while showcasing the need for more research regarding the full extent of the effects of domestic violence on children. Conducting adequate research requires an understanding of nuances surrounding child experiences. It includes factors like age, gender, and existing social support structures and provides insight concerning instances involving other forms of maltreatment from caregivers or domestic partners alike. This study sheds light on differing approaches applied by genders when confronted with domestic violence situations. The study concludes by emphasizing the importance of considering children's perspectives on their experiences to develop effective interventions and support systems for children affected by domestic violence. This clears the way for more targeted and practical solutions to mitigate the impact of domestic violence on children.

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