Domestic Violence has taken it toll on many families. It has destroyed countless lives, killing a number of known and unknown victims alike. There have been great strides in the efforts to combat domestic violence, and to educate many on the signs and how to help someone that may find themselves in such a harmful situation.
There were times when people did not believe or take heed to the cries and pleas for help from the victims of domestic violence. Although much headway has been made in the attempts to stopping and preventing another domestic violence case, the list of victims continues on a steady pace.
Domestic Violence has more than one victim, there are several. And sometimes, people do not know until it is too late, and perhaps not until the signs of its evil and destructive path are shown in the children of domestic violence.
There is also another side to domestic violence that some may not be aware of; and that is certain illnesses that can be linked to the stress of having to go through or have gone through such violent circumstances. Stress seems to be a trigger for these diseases.
Many women and some children have developed heart conditions, high blood pressure, hypertension, ulcers, gastritis, depression, fatigue, chronic chest pains, anxiety, night-sweats…, these are just a few, all brought on or intensified by acts of domestic violence.
Yes. Domestic violence can harm your health. Recent studies have shown that domestic and sexual violence can create lifetime problems. Persons who have experienced this kind of violence are at greater risk for severe health problems. Heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, habitual heavy drinking, and the aid of a wheelchair or cane greatly increases.
Those that have experience domestic and sexual violence are 70% more likely to drink heavily, 70% more likely to have heart disease, 80% more likely to have a stroke, and 60% more likely to develop asthma.
Studies show that healthy relationships lead to better physical and mental health, longer life and good things for children. Everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life. And by reducing the stress in one’s life is a great way to begin.
Is the relationship you are in healthy or unhealthy? If you are—that’s wonderful! But if you are not, not only may your safety be in danger, but also your health. Perhaps you are experiencing a bout with depression or anxiety? There are steps to help you ensure that you are safe, healthy and stress free. Also, if you have children, to make sure they are healthy and safe as well.
If you are in a relationship or you know someone that is, you are encouraged to talk with your doctor or someone you can trust about what is going on in your life. You are not alone. If you are being hurt in any manner, it is not your fault. There are free and confidential hotlines that are available 24/7. Take the first step to being healthy again. You deserve it.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233(SAFE) 1-800-787-3224(TTY for the Deaf)
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
1-866-331-9497 1-866-331-8453 (TTY for teh Deaf)