Effects of Abuse

There are many emotional, physical, and social difficulties that stem from abuse.

 Common effects of abuse on women include:

  • Self blame and guilt
  • Shame
  • Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Isolation
  • Physical symptoms: anxiety, depression, tension, insomnia, change in appetite, high stress levels
  • Lack of trust
  • Shyness
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

Children who witness family violence suffer the same consequences as those who are directly abused.

Children see or hear 40% to 80% of domestic violence incidents.

Abused infants often exhibit a state of “frozen watchfulness” – remaining passive and immobile, but intently observant of the environment. This appears to be a protective strategy in response to a fear of attack.

The nature of abusive experiences adversely influences the development of their brains resulting in a devastating impact on neurodevelopment.

Other effects of abuse on children include:

  • Inability to concentrate, behavioural and learning problems
  • Extreme shyness
  • Clinging behaviour
  • Feelings of guilt, helpelessness, loneliness
  • Confusion or conflicting feelings towards parents
  • Fear of physical harm and abandonment
  • Nightmares
  • Truancy or running away behaviour
  • Early use of alcohol or drugs
  • Criminal offending
  • Weight problems
  • Speech disorders
  • Constant stomachaches, headaches, ulcers, rashes, diarrhea, or bedwetting
  • No connection to their own feelings
  • Difficulty eating
  • Aggression

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