Domestic Violence has negative ripple effects on the mental health and well being of everyone surrounded by it.
Anyone can be affected by issues regarding domestic violence: women, men, boys, girls and children. It is not something anyone chooses to experience and it’s not easy to escape from if you do.
Often when people are affected by domestic violence they feel as though they are unable to escape from it. People outside of the situation may say things like ‘why don’t they just leave? I don’t understand’ but violence of this sort is not just physical but is also emotional and damages a person’s well being and understanding of their self-worth.
Sometimes people are finally able to break free from living in a bad environment with people who hurt them and this is when the healing process can begin; but if not dealt with effectively and compassionately their mental well being can spiral further and further out of control; sometimes causing issues with anxiety, depression, disassociation and sometimes even PTSD.
The first and boldest step is removing yourself from the person who is causing you this distress. Understanding your worth. Knowing that this is no way to live your life and most importantly that you are strong enough to walk away from this person.