Every minute, nearly 20 people become victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner in the United States. That means within one year, 10 million men and women will have experienced domestic violence.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are not only frightening to live through, they can also be damaging to the psyche and lead to unanticipated mental health challenges. Whether long-term or short-term, these challenges can go unnoticed at first. Many victims dismiss initial symptoms as nothing more than a bad day or something they’ll work through on their own. But whether the abuse suffered was verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual, leaving trauma untreated can have profound effects.
Experts warn of the hidden threat COVID-19 has posed on domestic violence. The stress of sheltering in place, economic impacts, and being in close quarters have led to even greater vulnerability for those at risk. Valley Oaks’ Beyond the Violence program remains vigilant and checks on program participants to ensure their safety. Those who are victimized need help from counselors and communities now more than ever.
It’s not always obvious to trauma survivors that their experiences affect their mental well-being. Symptoms can appear soon after or may not show until years later.
Experiencing domestic violence can put victims at risk of developing some of the following mental health challenges:
As soon as you are aware that something has shifted within yourself or your life to the degree that’s causing anxiety, anger, depression, or you find yourself coping with substances to quiet the pain, reach out for help. Valley Oaks offers counseling to help you process what you’ve been through.
If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, please get help and dial 911.
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.
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