Impacts of violence

Some of the health and mental health impacts associated with experiences of violence and abuse include:

  • Injury/ disability
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Drinking/ drug use
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

Economic impacts can include:

  • Inability to work and loss of wages (e.g. health concerns, partner control);
  • Lengthy and costly court battles;
  • Loss of housing and property;
  • Counselling and health care costs.

Some of the social impacts include:

  • Lack of participation in regular activities;
  • Prevented from learning English;
  • Not knowing their rights and the services available;
  • Trapped in abusive relationships;
  • Isolation or alienation
    • family and friends;
    • cultural and/or religious



Some women like the violence, are attracted to abusive men or are addicted to violence

Abusers usually conceal their abusiveness at first and target vulnerable women

Violence against women is caused by drugs and/or alcohol

Sober and intoxicated people use violence - abusers use substances as an excuse for violence

The abuser cannot control the abuse or has an "anger management" issue

Abusers are in control and make choices to use violence and abusive tactics