Women who experience interpersonal violence from their partners are three times as likely to develop a mental health problem, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Not only did researchers find a higher chance of developing a mental illness following domestic abuse, but also discovered those with a mental health problem were more likely to experience abuse in future relationships.
Many survivors of domestic violence are likely to have experienced repeated head injuries and oxygen deprivation. The injuries resulted in memory loss, anxiety, and visual problems. Of the 49 people interviewed for this study, 81% report being hit in the head by their partner, while 83% report strangulation events.
Study reveals blunted activity in the medial prefrontal cortex was associated with aggressive behaviors by abusive partners in relationships.
Women and men who have suffered abuse at the hands of an intimate partner are twice as likely to self-harm, twice as likely to have suicidal ideations, and three times as likely to attempt suicide as those who have not experienced abusive relationships.