What are the results of domestic violence or abuse?

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by Tina de Benedictis, Ph.D., Jaelline Jaffe, Ph.D., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.
www.helpguide.org and www.aaets.org

What are the results of domestic violence or abuse?

The results of domestic violence or abuse can be very long-lasting. People who are abused by a spouse or intimate partner may develop:

  • sleeping problems
  • depression
  • anxiety attacks
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of trust in others
  • feelings of abandonment
  • anger
  • sensitivity to rejection
  • diminished mental and physical health
  • inability to work
  • poor relationships with their children and other loved ones
  • substance abuse as a way of coping
  • Physical abuse may result in death, if the victim does not leave the relationship.