Many recognize the dangers and trauma associated with military or law enforcement service and the increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress syndrome. PTSD can also develop in victims of domestic violence.
Domestic violence involves a pattern of behaviors that could include psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual or physical abuse. According to recent studies, almost 35% of Californian women and 31% of Californian men experience intimate partner violence during their lifetimes.
The long-term impact of domestic violence
For those who experience partner abuse on any level, the trauma could have lasting effects. Whether the abuse occurred when the individual was a child or a romantic partner acted aggressively, the individual may carry emotional and physical scars for the rest of his or her life. Unfortunately, those who experience abuse as a child are more likely to have a similar experience during their adulthood.
Unresolved trauma can lead to a pattern of harmful behaviors toward one’s self and others. Depression, anxiety, physical injuries, heart disease and chronic pain are possible long-term effects of domestic violence.
The influence of PTSD on domestic violence
PTSD can also increase the likelihood of an individual committing intimate partner violence. Individuals often move through periods of extreme depression or anger when dealing with this syndrome. The individual may encounter a situation or response that triggers an uncontrollable response, often leading to aggressive outbursts and behaviors.
Treatment and therapies can victims of domestic violence, but these can also help those who struggle with PTSD. Seeking help and taking immediate action can prevent further incidents of violence.