Effects of Domestic Violence:
I think it is understood that domestic violence has a negative effect on the victim. The longer the abuse continues the more negative the effects. It is crucial to the physical, psychological, social well fare of the victim that they recognize abuse and remove themselves from the situation quickly. Below is a list of the negative effects of those who aren’t able to escape domestic violence.
Physical Effects of Domestic Violence:
At least 42% women and 20% of men sustain minor injuries such as scratches, bruises and swelling. More severe injury may occur if the abuse is frequent and harsh. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Lesions and cuts,
- Pelvic pain,
- Back pain,
- Broken bones,
- Gynecological injuries,
- Pregnancy complications,
- Sexually transmitted diseases,
- Gastrointestinal disorders,
- Heart or circulatory conditions,.
Psychological Effects of Domestic Violence:
- Loss of hope in the future,
- Suicidal behavior,
- Low self-esteem,
- Inability to trust,
- Fear of intimacy,
- Sleep disturbances,
- Inability to concentrate,
Social Effects of Domestic Violence:
The negative social effects can be the very thing that restricts the victims ability to escape domestic violence.
- Controlled access to services meant to help the victim.
- Strained relationships with authority figures such as health care providers and employers.
- Isolation from family, friends and other supportive individuals.
Domestic Violence Resources:
There are many community services for those experiencing domestic violence. Local law enforcement agencies, legal aid agencies and shelters are available with the needs of men and women who have experienced domestic violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence contact one of the organizations below for a list of agencies in your area and advice on how to protect yourself from further harm.