We won’t lie to you. If you are a victim of domestic abuse then getting out of your abusive relationship may be hard. However, it is not impossible. You can do it. You can find the strength and resolve to end the abusive relationship and to protect yourself and your children.

Looking for a Reason to Leave?

As you consider your options, it is important to know that the abuse that you are suffering now may have long-term effects that you haven’t yet considered. Even when your current scars heal, Medial Daily reports that you may still have one or more of the following long term effects from domestic abuse:

  1. Hypertension
  2. Heart disease
  3. Arthritis
  4. Suicidal thoughts
  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  6. Depression
  7. Alcohol and drug abuse

Additionally, your children may be more likely to abuse, or be abused by partners in the future.

Stop These Consequences of Domestic Abuse

The effects of domestic abuse can last long after the bruises or broken bones have healed from a single incident. Abuse, and the effects of it, often isn’t limited to one evening after you return home from a performance at Benaroya Hall or a sailing trip on Puget Sound. However, you can stop the cycle.

Find the strength that you need in your friends, family, professionals and support groups and, if you have already successfully ended your marriage, then reach out to others and help give them the strength that you once sought from others. Leave a comment here and let others know that it is not too late to escape an abusive marriage.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington
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