First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Baby's Developing Brain

This informational video illustrates the dangers of chronic exposure to violence on a child's developing brain. Combining inspirational true-life stories and nationally recognized experts, viewers are given information on a child's developmental risk if regularly exposed to domestic violence and other violent situations. Youths and adults affected by violence share how exposure to violence has impacted their lives. Experts in child psychology and social work explain the connection between exposure to violence and mental health problems. The stories and research presented detail the developmental challenges and resiliency of children who are exposed to violence.

Included on this DVD:

  • First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Child’s Developing Brain (15 minutes), closed captioned in English and Spanish.

Bonus Materials:

  • Tony’s Story and The Spaghetti Story – Two short excerpts suitable for trainings, workshops, and other public presentations.
  • Window of Opportunity: Reducing Children’s Exposure to Violence – A more in-depth video on chronic exposure to violence and a child’s developing brain. (13 minutes) closed captioned in English and Spanish.

This video was created by the California Attorney General’s Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center who has granted permission to Multiplying Connections to copy and distribute it.

To watch this video and bonus materials, please visit Kaiser Permanente's webpage:


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