The Effects of Family Violence

The Impact of Abuse and Violence on adults - Long and Short Term:


  • Increased feelings of Shame and Guilt
  • Confusion
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Loss of dreams/passion
  • Increased feelings of Rage
  • Feeling powerless

Physical Heath

  • Increased Injury Risk
  • Death

Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress related Disorder

Behavioural Changes

  • Self-harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

The Impact of Abuse and Violence on Children - Long and Short Term:

Child abuse is family violence. Children who live in a home where there is violence are known to be significantly more at risk of being the victims of physical, sexual and psychological abuse and neglect than any other children.

  • Inability to concentrate or engage appropriately in learning or play activities
  • Become withdrawn, uncommunicative, isolated
  • Find it difficult to form attachments and maintain good relationships with adults and other children
  • Trouble sleeping, or settling down
  • Show disruptive behaviours - tantrums, bullying, aggression
  • Excessive fears, shyness
  • Unhappiness, worries, anxious
  • Demand excessive attention
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Be unable to confide in or trust other adults
  • Physical, emotional, psychological harm

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