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What are the effects of domestic abuse on women?

Women can be affected by domestic abuse in a number of ways. All women will react to their own individual experiences in their own way, which can be one or more of the following:

  • Isolation (from family and friends)
  • Physical effects such as loss of appetite/weight, sleep problems
  • Emotional and psychological effects such as anxiety, depression, lowered self-esteem
  • Physical injury
  • If they are pregnant they may miscarry or the baby may be a stillbirth
  • Difficulties in parenting following abuse
  • Loss of income or work
  • Homelessness
  • Long term impact on financial security/career

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