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Effects of Domestic Violence


  • Lowers your self-esteem and self respect. (You begin to dislike yourself and feel worthless.)
  • Causes depression
  • Causes you to live in fear for your safety
  • Causes feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, guilt, shame, and self-blame (Remember, the abuser is to blame, not you!)
  • Causes feelings of loss of control over your life and a loss of your identity
  • Causes you to feel like a prisoner in your home
  • Injury and/or death



  • Domestic violence can have long term effects on your children. They suffer emotionally and psychologically from seeing and hearing the abuse. Even children who never see a violent act sense their mother’s pain and fear.
  • Children who learn violence at home may continue the violence in their relationships as adults, either as batterers or as victims. Basically, they grown up believing violence is natural and normal.
  • Being around violence in the home can emotionally affect children in the same way as being sexually or physically abused.
  • Seventy percent of those who batter, physically or sexually abuse their children. Yearly, 2 million children are beaten by a family member. If you knowingly allow your children to be abused, you could be charged with cruelty to children.
  • Domestic violence causes children to have feelings of fear, anger, and low self-esteem. It may cause loss in the ability to trust. Also, domestic violence can cause learning and behavior problems.


District Attorney: Tracy Graham Lawson
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard
4th Floor
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3450
Fax: (770) 477-4577


Domestic Violence – Facts

  • In the United States, a woman is battered every 9 seconds. There are over 3 million incidents of domestic violence every year.

  • In the United States, domestic violence causes more injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

  • Domestic violence can be fatal. In this country, one third of homicides are related to domestic violence. Every year over 4000 victims of domestic violence are killed. Approximately 40% of female homicides are caused by their husband or boyfriend.

  • Batterers can be anyone. Domestic violence is not related to age, profession, wealth, race, religion or education level.

  • Domestic violence is not caused by the victim or by stress, alcohol, or drugs. Studies have determined that there is no set of personality traits that describe victims of domestic violence. It is the batterer who is responsible for the abuse, not the victim.

  • Domestic violence can leave victims feeling trapped and unable to help themselves. Victims of domestic violence often feel isolated, powerless, fearful, guilty, and dependent financially and/or physically.


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