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Mental Health Impact of Relationship Violence

By: Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer

As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the journey to emotional and psychological safety for survivors and their families. Experiencing relationship violence leaves deep emotional scars that can linger long after the immediate danger has passed, affecting mental health and daily life.

Isolation is a common tactic used by abusers, which can leave survivors feeling alone and unsupported. Despite physical safety, many struggle with depression, feeling a pervasive sadness and hopelessness that can make it hard to see a way forward. These are signs of the deep impact of the trauma and recognizing them is the first step towards healing.

As a result of the abuse, many survivors find themselves dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which can bring flashbacks of the abuse they endured. The heightened vigilance that once served as a natural response to the unpredictability of the abusive relationship can also cause survivors to feel on edge and in a constant state of worry, leading to exhaustion and being overwhelmed.

As a community, we can work together to understand the profound impact domestic violence has on a survivor and their children’s mental health. Understanding this connection can help us foster a supportive and empathetic community, where survivors can find the care and understanding they deserve.

The journey to healing is unique for each person. Together we can promote a culture of empathy and healing that helps survivors reconnect with friends and family. By offering empathy, understanding, and compassion these relationships can provide the needed support and resources that are so crucial during this time.  

Together we can offer hope and ensure survivors know they are not alone.  If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship violence please call our hotline at (877) 854-3594 or visit our website at www.humanoptions.org

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