Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, can happen to anyone. Domestic violence can take many forms including emotional, verbal or physical abuse. An abusive relationship can have a huge impact on your life and may affect your self-esteem, cause depression or anxiety, and trigger feelings of guilt, stress or fear.
Although it can be tough to admit that you are in an abusive situation, even to yourself, it’s important to recognize it and get help (if you are in immediate danger, call 911). Domestic abuse often becomes worse over time. A qualified mental health professional can help victims of domestic violence to make a plan to safely end the relationship and recover from the trauma they have experienced.