How Does Violence in The Home Impact Mental Health?

The continuing effects of home violence are extreme and frequently disturbing for victims, mostly women and children. Women and children, who survive in surroundings where familial violence usually happens, face increased threats because of the confused impression in their lives. Women may build up an impaired aptitude to look after their children and cannot give to their positive development. Children, whether sufferers themselves or just eyewitness may depart from their parents, distorted growth or experience critically delayed and emotional problems.

Experiencing home violence and cruelty is connected with mental health problems in women including depression and anxiety. These problems can make the violent situation even worse. It can also be hard for health experts to see further than the mental health issues and to identify that a violent relationship may be the root of the problems. It is thus, important that experts distinguish the wider impacts for those living in an offensive relationship, and are able to recommend the suitable support. 

Signs to Look Out For

The symptoms of mental health issues are not always as noticeable as we think. If you or somebody you know has been a survivor of household violence, here are some signs you should beware for:

  • Panic attacks
  • Over-reliance or abuse of drugs, smoking, alcohol or even food (not eating enough or overeating)
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Excessive or unsuitable feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Sleep issues (consistently too little or too much sleep)
  • Hair fall issues (they may seek out a hair transplant very early)
  • Extreme irritability
  • Suicidal tendencies

Domestic Violence and Children

How Does Violence in The Home Impact Mental Health?
Children who witness violence in the home are at risk for a wide variety of mental health issues. Studies show that witnessing violence can have an impact that lasts throughout their lifetime.
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When generally people listen to or see the expression, home violence and children, they assume images of injured, burned, beaten children. Indeed, these physical injuries signify visible effects of domestic violence. But children who just witness home violence experience consequences as far attaining and disturbing as those witness in physically battered children. Studies signify that children from aggressive homes, which witness the violence of their mother at the hands of their father, suffer from mental health problems similar in magnitude and intensity to those experienced by actually battered children. Children, who see their fathers, harm them and their mothers, experience the most emotional suffering and profound behaviour. Children who become adult in violent homes may show signs of a host of unpleasant emotions and behaviours, including:

  • Attempt suicide
  • Become violent themselves in response to threats (in school or at home)
  • Develop eating disorders
  • Use drugs and abuse alcohol
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Abuse themselves (i.e. cutting)
  • Enter into an abusive relationship later on
  • Poor social skills

Domestic Violence and Women

An abused woman lives in fear and incapable to foresee when the next violence will come. She may turn out to be cut off from friends and family, and more and more dependent on her abuser (that is generally her husband). In these conditions it can be very difficult to make sense of what is actually going on. Eventually her self-respect may be worn out, like water drenched on a stone. She may begin to consider her abuser’s insults. She may guilt herself for the abuse, or denies that it is happening. She may overlook it, hoping that her spouse, the man she loves, will change.

Abused women mostly experience contradictory emotions such as anger, fear, resentment, shame, sadness and hopelessness. 

Some common physical effects of domestic violence are:

  • Bruises
  • Bruises on or around the eyes
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Involuntary shaking
  • Menstrual cycle or fertility issues in women
  • Muscle tension
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Shortness of breath
  • Red or purple marks
  • Sprained or broken wrists

Common Impacts of Domestic Violence:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression, including prolonged sadness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder including nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and unmanageable feelings
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts.

Common Emotional and Spiritual Impacts of Domestic Violence:

  • Apprehensive and discouraged about the future
  • Feeling unworthy
  • Hopelessness
  • Inability to trust
  • Questioning and doubting spiritual faith
  • Unmotivated


Suggestions For Domestic
Violence Survivors

Domestic violence survivors need to look for help in managing with the effects of home abuse, even if they have left the abuser. Whether it is been days or even years since the familial violence last happened, home abuse survivors can look to their community for help.

Schedule time with a therapist who dedicate yourself in curing domestic violence survivors

Create a complete domestic violence protection plan with the help of victim support professional. The plan will include an approach for reaching yourself and children (if any) to protection during a violent event with a checklist of things to collect when leaving the violent situation.

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