Effects of Relationship Violence

Long-term effects of relationship violence may include:

  • anxiety
  • chronic depression
  • chronic pain
  • dissociative states
  • drug and alcohol dependence
  • eating disorders
  • emotional "over-reactions" to stimuli
  • general emotional numbing
  • health problems
  • lowered self-esteem
  • malnutrition
  • panic attacks
  • repeated self-injury
  • self neglect
  • sexual dysfunction
  • sleep disorders
  • strained family relationships
  • suicide attempts
  • an inability to adequately respond to the needs of their children

Counselors are trained in assisting individuals who are experiencing these long-term effects. You may also be surprised by how many people you know that could offer emotional support as well. If you are a student, you can seek mental health services through Oasis on campus..