EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE ON ADULTS AND CHILDREN

HOW ABUSE AFFECTS ADULTS

FEELINGS

Shame and Humiliation

Helplessness and Fear

Sadness and Anxiety

Lack of confidence

Lack of self worth

Inability to trust

Insecurity

Emotional Anorexia

CONSEQUENCES

Depression – Intense mood swings, Loss of interest in everything

Suicidal Thoughts – The intent to cause self harm

Violent Thoughts and Underlying Aggression

Social Impairment affecting other relationships and friendships

Changes in personality – Becomes more withdrawn

HOW ABUSE AFFECTS CHILDREN

FEELINGS

Feel Responsible

Fear

Guilt

Shame

Sadness

Depression

Anger

Anxiety

Disrespectfullness

CONSEQUENCES

Aggression/Bullying

Acting out/Withdrawn

Lack of focus

Developmental delays

Suicidal or risky behavior

Alcohol/Drug abuse

Vandalism/Juvenile Delinquency

Sexual Promiscuity

Long term health issues such as diabetes, obesity, depression etc.

Boys can become abusive, while girls believe that violence is normal