The signs of domestic abuse are often not as obvious as a physical injury. In fact the signs of domestic violence can be difficult to spot and may pass without being noticed. However if you look closely domestic violence not only leaves physical but physiological signs and symptoms as well. Victims who have suffered physical violence can have obvious physical signs of injury but the physiological traumatic effects that they suffer are hard to detect.
Physical signs of domestic violence
The more obvious physical signs of domestic violence include physical injuries such as bruises or contusions or cuts that can result from being struck, choked, or thrown down. Victims of domestic violence may also suffer from sprains or fractures from being thrown, pushed, or struck. Given that abuse can involve a wide range of conduct it is important to understand that the list provided above is not exclusive nor does it hope to describe every physical sign of domestic violence. When attempting to understand the physical injuries that arise from domestic violence, it is important to understand the context of the situation behind any presumed signs of domestic violence often appear like injuries sustained from non-domestic violence-related accidents. Based on this risk of confusion, it is important to also consider the non-physical signs of domestic violence.
Non-physical signs of domestic violence
Non-physical signs of domestic abuse are the product of the psycho-social and emotional toll domestic abuse can impose upon a victim. These signs include the results of domestic violence or abuse can be very long-lasting. People who are abused by a spouse or intimate partner may develop:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low self-esteem
- Inability to work
- Social isolation
- Substance abuse
- Chronic apprehension that something bad will occur
- Constant state of alertness
- Heightened sense of hopelessness
- Feelings of helplessness or despair
- Lack of appetite
The non-physical symptoms of domestic violence can be difficult to detect in some cases and may be the result of non-domestic violence related circumstances, however as is the case with physical symptoms it is important to examine the context of the signs to better determine if abuse is occurring.
If you are victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in representing victims of domestic violence. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help, explain the rights you may have and how to best protect yourself from an abusive partner or family member.