2019 - Mindfulness Support Service, Hertfordshire,United Kingdom

The Effects of Domestic Abuse

The effects can last a lifetime for both victims, as well as children who witness abuse.

With the correct support, effects can be minimised drastically.

EFFECTS ON CHILDREN

WHO WITNESS ABUSE

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Failure to thrive in school

  • Fearful

  • Social and behavioural problems

  • Withdrawn

  • Heightened reactivity to situations

  • Nightmares/bed wetting

  • Separation anxiety

  • Limited friendships

  • Physical fights with peers

  • Risk taking behaviour

  • Substance misuse

  • Promiscuous behaviour

  • Eating disorders

  • Low self-esteem

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidal

  • Mimicking of abusive and violent behaviour

  • Cycle of abuse may continue into the next generation

EFFECTS ON VICTIMS

  • Fatigue

  • Low Self esteem 

  • Muscle tension

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Flashbacks

  • Nightmares

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Emotionally withdrawn

  • Alcohol misuse

  • Drug abuse

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling unworthy

  • Apprehensive about the future

  • Inability to trust

  • Unmotivated

  • Questioning of religious faith

  • Effects parenting capacity

  • Self harm

  • Loss of confidence