Little boy's 911 call gives disturbing look into domestic violence

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 29 at 1:18 PM

SEATTLE -- When it comes to domestic violence, we often focus on the injuries to the victim. But the collateral damage to children who witness the crime can be just as tough.

One such example played out Wednesday in a 911 call as an 8-year-old boy tried to save his mother who was being beaten up. You'll hear some of that call in the video above. They were able to escape safely.

Barbara Landgon, the Executive Director of Eastside Domestic Violence says children who live in these conditions can suffer long-term effects.

"If you're raised in a family where a little boy continues to see the way his father gets his way is to beat his mother, and you see a 5-year-old little girl sees the way to survive a situation is to be submissive, they don't know any different," said Langdon.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available. You can call the Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-827-8840.

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