Being abused does not necessarily cause psychological or medical illness to occur.
However, being abused does make it much more likely that one or more psychological or medical illnesses will occur.
Abuse typically occurring in a partnership or marriage can be physical, psychological or sexual.
The effects of suffering any type of intimate partner violence can influence quality of life and general well-being for you, your partner and any other family members directly involved with the relationship.
Developing a psychological disorder, such as depression, does not mean that you were necessarily abused, and being abused does not mean you will develop depression.Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you.An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb.Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following descriptions of abuse, reach out now. No one should live in fear of the person they love.