Witnessing domestic abuse has been shown to have long-term consequences. Of course, not everyone who experiences violence has issues later in life, but according to the Home Office, youngsters who witness violence are four times more likely to end up in an abusive relationship, either as a victim or perpetrator. They also have a greater chance of being killed by their partner.
Adult survivors of domestic abuse often suffer from feelings of shame, guilt, and remorse. They may try to hide their experience or avoid talking about it because they don't want others to know what happened to them. However, the more support there is for people who have been through this experience, the less isolated they will feel.
Domestic abuse can have serious effects on your physical health. You are at increased risk of developing illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. If you're a woman, you are almost twice as likely to die during or soon after giving birth. Adult men are also affected; they are eight times more likely to be killed by their partner than other men.
You may also experience mental problems as a result of seeing domestic abuse. These include anxiety, depression, insomnia, and traumatic memories. If you aren't treated for these symptoms, they can lead to serious long-term issues. For example, depression is a major cause of suicide.
Adult survivors of domestic abuse need support.
Witnessing marital abuse can have long-term consequences for children. Children who do not receive the required assistance and supports may find themselves repeating the cycle of violence as they develop. They may also be at risk for developing mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.
Abuse often repeats itself because it works, and people in abusive relationships need help understanding why what they are doing is wrong. Only then will they be able to change their behavior.
Children who witness violence between their parents are at risk for developing psychological problems. This is especially true if the child attempts to intervene or helps out his or her parent by taking action that violates community standards of acceptable behavior. For example, if a child tries to stop his or her parent from hitting his or her partner, then this child could suffer repercussions from authorities (such as being placed in protective custody).
In addition, children who witness violence are likely to become victims themselves. If a child sees his or her parent hit another person, then he or she is likely to try to hit someone too. This is called reactive aggression. Reactive aggression can sometimes lead to more serious physical injuries or even death. The best way for children not to be affected by domestic violence is not to witness it first-hand.
Domestic violence has many forms.
One of the most long-lasting effects of domestic abuse is the damage it does to family connections. When children experience violence against their parents, they may find it difficult to trust adults in the future. It jeopardizes their relationship to the person who is supposed to love and protect them, so undermining the family unit. The young victims may also develop fears or symptoms of illness after witnessing their parents fight.
Abuse can also have negative impacts on social relationships outside the home. Survivors may feel too scared or ashamed to leave an abusive partner, but this type of behavior can also have long-term consequences for accepting help from others. If you are in an unsafe situation, calling for assistance will make you feel better about yourself and give you something positive to think about other than your pain.
Finally, domestic abuse is a crime, and therefore perpetuates laws against kindness, compassion, and human dignity. Abusers seek to intimidate their partners by making them feel like there is no way out, that they are powerless to stop the violence.
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, there are resources available to you. Your first step should be to call 911 or go to your local emergency room if you are in danger. Next, search for information online about shelters that provide safety and support to women in need. Finally, consider reaching out for help from a local organization like Women's Aid or Shelter From Home.