Research has proven that childhood abuse can cause the development of mental illnesses later on in life. In addition, childhood abuse can cause a person to become susceptible towards abusive relationships in the future because they have been conditioned that this is the “norm”. According to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCAD), more than 57 million people in the United States experience a mental illness each year, and over 50% of women with a mental illness have previously experienced trauma such as physical or sexual abuse either during their childhood or during adulthood. The effects of domestic violence can be devastating, with many people fearing their lives.
The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board, a state website that provides information on abuse and neglect, has identified the following as risk factors for increased vulnerability to abuse:
- Mental illness and not having the mental capacity to make decisions
- Communication difficulties
- Physical dependency – depending on others for personal care and other daily life activities
- Low self-esteem
- Experience of abuse as a child or adult
The site also emphasizes several social factors that can increase the risk for abuse:
- Not getting the right or adequate amount of care that they need
- Isolation and social exclusion
- Stigma and discrimination
- Lack of access to support or information for seeking help
- Being the focus of anti-social behavior
The Joyful Heart Foundation notes that domestic violence can cause survivors to feel hopeless, unworthy, apprehensive about the future, inability to trust, lost in spirituality, and unmotivated. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common symptom, as people may have flash-backs, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts.
If you’ve experienced domestic violence, know that you are not alone and that there are resources to help you. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for advice and information on protecting yourself and your loved ones at 1-800-799-7233. You may also wish to seek help through chat by their website, www.thehotline.org. Recovery is possible. Help is available. Reach out today.
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