Affects abuse has on victims

The long term affects of abuse drain society as a whole for the part they play on our societal systems. Days lost at work, money claimed in benefits, usage of NHS and other services.

  • The medical impact of domestic violence, other than physical injury, can worsen asthma, cardiovascular diseases, digestive issues, epilepsy, kidney problems, damage to nervous system and other illnesses.
  • The abuse may cause mental suffering, the development of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and self-harm.  
  • Mental illness can be used to control the victim. Examples include not allowing you to go out on your own, or threatening to inform children’s services.
  • When the victims has used alcohol it can be used against the victim as a defence.  In other cases alcohol is used as a coping strategy when being abused. 
  • Alcohol studies have shown the high prevalence of alcohol in relationships where both partners abuse each other. 
  • Alcohol should not be an excuse for perpetrators but should not be ignored.  Findings show between 25% and 50% of offenders have been drinking at the time of assault. 
  • Again drug use should not be used as an excuse for abusive behaviour.  Drug use can be used as a weapon against the victim.
  • Research has shown that many agencies who deal with drugs or alcohol will not engage with a client involved with domestic abuse. Leaving the victim vulnerable.
  • Substance misuse is a factor in more than half of high risk domestic abuse cases.
  • A higher than average proportion of drug users were perpetrators of parent abuse.