Feminist perspectives have traditionally viewed relationship violence as an expression of patriarchal oppression against women that is socially sanctioned.
Some relationships suffer from systemic male violence, which is rooted in the patriarchal tradition of men controlling ‘their’ women. This form of violence is frequently devastating and often involves economic subordination, threats, isolation, and other control tactics; it is referred to as intimate terrorism or patriarchal terrorism. With time, the severity of violent behaviors tends to intensify.
Physical violence often began with a small act, such as a slap or being grabbed by the hair, and escalated during the relationship, sometimes leading to a full assault that required hospital treatment.
Emotional and verbal abuse can have short-term and long-lasting effects that are just as serious as the effects of physical abuse. Emotional and verbal abuse includes insults and attempts to scare, isolate, or control you. It is also often a sign that physical abuse may follow. Emotional and verbal abuse may also continue if physical abuse starts. If you have been abused, it is never your fault.
There are four distinct categories of emotional abuse: destruction of property, sexual coercion, isolation attempts, and degradation.
Experiencing domestic violence and abuse is associated with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. These issues can make the abusive situation even worse, as the partner or ex-partner may make use a mental health diagnosis.
Effects Of Domestic And Mental Abuse On Women
- loss of trust,
- Feeling powerless,
- Feeling powerless,
- Losing a sense of identity,
- Ongoing feelings of anger,
- Depression and anxiety,
- Getting help for mental health issues,
- Partners using mental health as a means of abuse,
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
- Hypervigilance and panic attacks,
Violence against women cause long-term physical and mental health problems. Violence and abuse affect not just the women involved but also their children, families, and communities. These effects include harm to an individual’s health, possibly long-term harm to children, and harm to communities such as lost work and homelessness.
Other effects can include shutting people out, not wanting to do things you once enjoyed, not being able to trust others, and having low-esteem.1
Many women who have experienced violence cope with this trauma by using drugs, drinking alcohol, smoking, or overeating. Research shows that about 90% of women with substance use problems had experienced physical or sexual violence. Get help if you’re thinking about or have been using alcohol or drugs to cope.
The effects of emotional abuse are just as detrimental as the effects of physical abuse. However, the law recognizes physical and sexual violence as crimes against the individual but not emotional abuse, although it is a pervasive form of relationship abuse.
After you get help for physical injuries, a mental health professional can help you cope with emotional concerns. A counselor or therapist can work with you to deal with your emotions in healthy ways, build your self-esteem, and help you develop coping skills.
Every woman has the right to live her life safely and free of violence. A life without violence is essential to women’s health.