Every day, three women in the United States die as a result of domestic abuse. And millions more are injured each year. Domestic violence causes bruises, broken bones, cuts and internal injuries. It can also cause emotional and psychological suffering, and lead to depression and anxiety. Women who suffer abuse also report health problems like headaches, abdominal pain and sleep problems. Girls who experience teen dating violence are more likely to smoke, use drugs, engage in risky sexual behavior and attempt suicide.
For victims of economic abuse, bankruptcy and poverty are common. Abusers may limit access to money and financial resources, or run up debt and bad credit in the victim’s name. Abusers may force victims to leave their jobs, or deny access to education or job training. Lack of income is a main reason people stay in abusive relationships. But with help and support, a victim can leave an unhealthy relationship. Domestic violence support organizations exist throughout the country and in almost every community to help victims escape, recover and rebuild.
National Dating Abuse Helpline 1.866.331.9474, text “loveis” to 22522 or chat online at loveisrespect.org