The Effects of Abuse

Why do women stay in abusive relationships?

  • Economic dependence
  • Fear of physical danger
  • Fear of retaliation
  • Emotional dependence
  • Religious or cultural beliefs
  • Fear of losing children
  • Hope that he will change
  • Fear of involvement in court processes
  • Blames alcohol or some other problem for the above
  • Believes abuse is her fault
  • Believes she can make relationship work
  • Lack of perceived alternatives
  • Belief that violence is normal in a relationship
  • Ambivalent about life changes.

An abusive relationship affects you!

Apart from physical danger, abuse can lead to such mental health problems as:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite

Frequent abuse can destroy self-esteem and can lead you to:

  • Accept abuse as a normal aspect of a relationship.
  • Believe that you are responsible for the abuse. ​​