Effects of Abuse

How violence affects women and children

Some of the effects of abuse for women and children:


 

Some of the effects of physical and sexual violence for women and children are:

  • Think you're going crazy

  • Living in constant fear

  • Feeling worthless/useless

  • Low self-esteem

  • Feeling depressed

  • Feeling out of control

  • Distorted reality

  • Feeling suicidal/committing suicide

  • Violent thoughts or actions

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Mental illness

  • Anxiety and worry

  • Feeling whakamaa, shame, guilt, or embarrassment

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Bad relationships between you and your children

  • Eating and sleeping problems

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Loss of energy, feeling apathetic

  • Loss of community and culture

  • Self-blame and self-harm

  • Hurting others that are close

  • Copying controlling and violent behaviour

  • Death
  • Permanent disability (blindness, deafness, epilepsy, loss of mobility)

  • Hospitalisation for broken bones, concussion, head and spinal injuries, gynaecological problems

  • Losing an unborn baby, or birth defects

  • Infertility

  • Treatment for broken teeth, cuts, headaches, concussion

  • Bruises, pain, trauma

  • Isolation (staying home so people don't see the bruises; being avoided by others)

  • Sexually transmitted diseases

  • Unwanted pregnancies

  • Sexual promiscuity

  • Eating and sleeping disorders

  • Hating or being ashamed of your body

  • Not being able to have healthy sexual relationships

  • As an adult, not being able to enjoy sex