Domestic Violence

19Often it remains hidden within the immediate family system, and only comes to light years later, when mental and physiological illnesses (like anxiety and depressive spectrum-related disorders, somatic symptoms and even cancers) begin to surface, usually among victims, that can no longer be tolerated without medical and psychological intervention. The repercussions of domestic violence extend well beyond the lifetime of the perpetrator, maiming the normal character and personality development of most teenagers and young children even when they are secondarily exposed to the violence. This short article comprises data and information from SafeLives, just one such UK charity involved in helping victims of domestic violence.

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