The effects of domestic abuse are wide ranging and will differ for all victims. In some cases, the impact of domestic abuse is fatal.
The obvious physical effects of domestic abuse can include physical injury such as cuts, bruising and broken bones. What is often not so obvious is the emotional suffering which can occur as a direct result of domestic abuse. Such emotional suffering can have devastating effects on a victim which are prevalent in both the short and long term.
Victims of domestic abuse will experience a range of emotions, including fear, confusion, uncertainty, worry for their children, instability and anxiety all of which make it increasingly difficult to leave the relationship. Research has shown that domestic abuse causes lasting damage to a victim’s physical and mental health, affecting all areas of their lives including work, relationships, social life, confidence and self-esteem etc. Recovering from the impact of domestic abuse is a process which can be a long and painful journey.