Domestic violence is a trauma - it is sometimes referred to as an inter-personal trauma.
There can be both physical trauma when there has been physical violence and psychological trauma as a result of both physical and other kinds of abuse.
The psychological effects of domestic violence are similar to what is known as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but these are normal and natural responses to the extreme stress that the victim has experienced. If you are a domestic violence victim you have experienced and may be continuing to experience traumatic stress. It is quite natural to have a range of responses to this.
Psychological effects of trauma
Extreme nervousness, anxiety or irritability
Flashbacks of attacks on you
Loss of memory or forgetfulness
Extreme irritability or anger sometimes over petty issues
Feeling numb or disembodied
Sleep disorders or nightmares
Social isolation and feelings of helplessness
Avoidance of reminders of the abuse
Thoughts of suicide
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