"It is not the bruises on the body that hurt.
It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind."
- Aisha Mirza
How Women Heal From Emotional & Physical Abuse?
So many women are suffering from so much pain: emotional, physical, and psychological abuse.
Survivors should understand and validate their experiences.
Explore healing strategies, address trust and intimacy issues.
Build a support network and make life decisions not determined by abuse.
It takes a considerable amount of time to process to heal the trauma and betrayal of abuse.
The severity of emotional abuse over time is a more effective control tactic than physical abuse.
Psychological and emotional abuse are considered subcategories within emotional abuse.
How does domestic violence affect WOMEN?
The impact of various forms of abuse on women with domestic violence contributes to depression and low self-esteem.
Ending an abusive marriage is a better indicator of the frequency of physical violence.
Many victims live in fear, which is another reason why they do not report their abuse.
Victims often refrain from talking about their assaults,
Because they know that their perpetrators have no fear of consequence.
Adverse consequences are not the only thing preventing victims from coming forward.
"If you want to know where to find your contribution to the world, look at your wounds. When you learn how to heal them, teach others."
Why are women not comfortable speaking out about abuse?
Women do not feel comfortable speaking out because society blames them.
The trauma of talking about abuse is too much for victims to speak about victims experience self-doubt, which leads to self-blame and hopelessness about the situation, leading to depression.
These feelings are normal, but it is not helpful to share them with women, especially women with children.
Social resistance to blame the perpetrator can also lead to victims not speaking out.
Perpetrators can create confusion and shame by exploiting people's reluctance to identify as victims.
"Overcoming abuse doesn't just happen, It takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward."
Why is Emotional Abuse MORE damaging Than Physical Abuse?
Emotional abuse is harder to define and recognize than physical abuse.
Severe emotional abuse can even be more damaging than physical abuse,
Contributing to depression and low self-esteem.
Emotional abuse targets the victim’s emotional and psychological well-being.
It leaves not only physical bruises but also deep and persistent wounds, and is also known as psychological abuse,
It can leave its mark on your behavior and physical health.
As a result, people who experience emotional abuse often suffer confusion and psychological distress.
Mainly it impacts long-term effects on their brain, body, and their minds,
Just like physical abuse because they perform many of the same functions.
"The more that we choose not to talk about domestic violence, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose."
How does Emotional Abuse affect your Body?
The short-term effects of emotional abuse on the brain and body can be challenging for the recipient to accept.
Survivors may also experience traumatic amnesia or delayed memories.
Traumatic amnesia is a particular brain reaction that prevents their consciously remembering the abuse.
They may deny that the person with whom they were in a relationship engaged in emotionally abusive behavior.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor,
One in four women encounters domestic violence in their lifetimes.
It often takes time to recover from an abusive relationship.
Physical abuse is one of the first forms of violence that people think about when they hear the word "domestic violence."
It is easy to spot because it is difficult to disguise as overt emotional abuse.
People don’t realize that they are experiencing emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse often precedes or occurs within a relationship immediately after physical abuse.
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