Victims of chronic dating violence
In order to combat these effects, twenty-five per cent of these women report having used alcohol, drugs or medication.-broken bones -burns -stab wounds -concussions -perforated ear drums -loss of hair -chronic stomach/bowel pain or discomfort -chronic joint or muscle pain -palpitations -firearm wounds -bruises -cuts/abrasions -bites -sprains -chipped or lost teeth -internal injuries -chronic headache -high blood pressure -detached retina -substance abuse issues -sexually transmitted diseases -chronic genital or pelvic pain -bruising or tearing of the vagina or anus -frequent pregnancies -fear of sexual intimacy -miscarriages -chronic vaginal or urinary track infections -female genital mutilation -painful intercourse -infertility -low self esteem -difficulty in forming/maintaining relationships -anxiety -lack of appropriate boundaries -self degradation -chronic stress -uncontrolled or rapid anger response -memory loss -loss of concentration or productivity -self-abusive behaviour -problems with parenting children -frequent crying -passivity -unusual fear response -increased watchfulness -sleep disturbances -phobias -depression -eating disorders -obsessive compulsive disorder -suicidal thoughts -post-traumatic stress disorder -dissociation (This information on health effects is from the Final Report of the Task Force on the Health Effects of Woman Abuse, 2000.) Adapted with permission from the Centre for Research and Education on violence against Women and Children from materials produced by the Ontario Women's Directorate and CREVAWC for their Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign.
The psychological effects of this can be far-reaching: eighty-five per cent of abused women indicate that they have experienced some type of negative emotional effects including anger, fear, becoming less trusting, suffering from lowered self-esteem, depression, anxiety, shame and guilt.Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.Researchers don't know if any of these events causes the others, however.We also understand that victims often have a limited timeframe in which to access support.We are committed to ensuring that we create an organisational culture whereby information and support is available before a victim is convinced, coerced or forced to return to her abuser.They also inquired about actual physical violence — if they had been pushed or shoved or had something thrown at them.
Five years later, that same group was questioned about health behaviors — things like suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, sexually risky behavior, depression, smoking and drug use — as well as if they had been the recipient of aggressive behavior by their partner in the past year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 9.4% of teens in a recent survey reported being physically abused by a romantic partner in the past 12 months — that included being slapped, hit or intentionally injured.
There is also evidence that adolescents who experience violence in early relationships are more vulnerable to being abused again, and indeed the latest study on the issue published in the journal Pediatrics shows that teens who experienced aggression from a romantic partner between the ages of 12 and 18 were up to three times as likely to be revictimized in relationships as young adults.
For teens, dating is about more than just finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.
It’s a critical part of adolescent development, but with reports of increased violence occurring within relationships, there is growing concern about how that early experience with dating aggression can impact young-adult relationships.
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows.