'Nick News' Special Shines Light on Childhood Domestic Violence

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"Family Secrets" is up for an Emmy and features interviews with young survivors

A Nickelodeon special is encouraging victims of childhood domestic violence to speak up.

The Nick News With Linda Ellerbee special “Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home” has earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding children's program, and has the goal of highlighting a problem advocates say isn't talked about enough.

"Family Secrets" features interviews with children and parents who have experienced childhood domestic violence, which occurs when a child is living in a home in which two parents are violent with each other, or when a significant other is violent to one of the child's parents.

The nonprofit group Children of Domestic Violence, which teamed up with Nickelodeon for the special, says 1 billion people worldwide are affected by the issue. In the U.S. there are 15 million children and 40 million adults (who grew up in those circumstances) affected by it.

"This ground-breaking special marks a milestone in the movement to increase awareness and solutions for Childhood Domestic Violence," said Brian F. Martin, CEO of CDV. "It will help millions discover the Truths and reach their full potential. We commend Nickelodeon for their courage to air Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations on the Emmy nomination. We are proud to have been involved in its creation."

You can watch the full special here.