June 1, 2015
Source: Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research
Domestic violence is pervasive and cuts across race, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic regions. Mental health and domestic violence services often cross because those who have experienced interpersonal violence, especially over prolonged periods of time, are at risk to develop mental distress. Women being abused by a partner are at increased risk for developing certain mental health problems such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Substance abuse, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic episodes have also been linked to adult and childhood abuse.