The Effects of Domestic Violence on Mental Health


Women who have experienced domestic abuse have recently been found to be more likely to develop a mental illness. As many as 33 percent of women who reported long-term domestic violence have been diagnosed with depression. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety are also high in survivors of abuse. While the connection between domestic abuse and mental health issues may seem obvious, the emotional toll of the abuse makes it harder for the majority of survivors to address their mental health struggles. Feelings of guilt, paired with a lower self-esteem, and isolation are the main contributors to unaddressed mental health issues. It’s important for domestic violence shelters and providers to be aware of the mental health consequences of the abuse. There is a need for informed and safe mental health care for women struggling with domestic violence everywhere.

For Further Reading

To learn more about the studies conducted on the connections between domestic violence and mental health issues, check out this article published on Healthtalk.


Discussion Question

Do you think domestic violence is still a very private issue that is not widely talked about?


Action Item

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can find a lot of helpful resources on the website for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  


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