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Does domestic violence cause long-term bodily injury?

At first, your spouse just got really mad at you sometimes. Maybe he yelled, slammed doors or punched walls. The first time he touched you in a violent way, he grabbed your arm so hard the bruise lasted for two weeks. After that, it seemed easier for him to go off on you, slapping you and then punching you in the face. Whether you live in a ranch-style home in a classy Tennessee suburb or in a bungalow in the Smoky Mountains, if this describes you, read on.

Initial physical effects of domestic violence may include bruising and pain, but the Office on Women's Health explains the long-term bodily injuries women can sustain in situations of unrelenting abuse. Ladies who are caught up in domestic violence often become susceptible to stomach ulcers and other digestive problems. You may have trouble sleeping, develop migraines and struggle with chronic pain. Heart trouble also sometimes results from persistent abuse, and difficulty maintaining a strong immune system can make victims like you more likely to suffer from infections.

If you turn to alcohol or drugs to ease your physical pain, the OWH says the habit can lead to misuse of the substances, opening the door for behaviors that put you at further risk. This dangerous cycle can then lead to additional abuse that becomes a difficult pattern to break. 

In addition to the physical effects of domestic violence, women live with long-term psychological impact as well. The OWH notes post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression are just some of the lingering issues you may experience if you remain in a volatile situation.

Note this information is not meant to provide legal advice but to inform you about bodily injury associated with domestic violence.

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