- Hit, slap or punch you?
- Push or pull you around?
- Throw things at you?
- Burn or scald you?
Domestic abuse can impact mental health – which may be short-term or long-term. Mental health effects of domestic abuse include:
Isolation: This is a state of feeling alone where you may feel like shutting people out – not wanting to interact with people.
Depression: Depression is a common and serious medical illness that causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure – affecting the way you feel, think and act.
Anxiety: This is a persistent feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which can persist for prolonged periods and affect your day-to-day life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): This is a form of anxiety, which can result from a frightening or traumatic experience. You may have negative thoughts, difficulty sleeping or have trouble remembering things.
Other health problems that may result from domestic violence include:
If you think you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, try talking to your doctor or a mental health professional as soon as possible.
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, there are things you can do:
You may find the list below useful to help you prepare:
You may also find it useful to take with you some items from the list below: