What domestic violence does to a woman

Domestic violence is usually associated with cases of physical violence occurring within intimate relationships and in a domestic setting. It is commonly carried out by a male against a female partner, but it also includes violence against men. Domestic violence usually involves a range of other forms of violence: physical and sexual violence, intimidation and threats, psychological and emotional abuse, and social and economic deprivation.
An abused woman lives in fear and cannot predict the next attack. Most times, the woman is isolated from her friends and family, and totally dependent on her abuser. As long as the victim stays, there is a risk of infrequent and relatively minor incidents to more severe incidents resulting in serious physical harm. Over time, the victim also loses their self-esteem, self-worth, and begins to believe the abuse received from their abuser. She may ignore it, hoping that her partner and the man she loves will change. and, in the long term, the damage can interfere with the victims quality of life.
Battered women often experience conflicting emotions such as fear, anger, shame, resentment, sadness, and helplessness. They are not victims of weakness and obedience, on the contrary, they are brave and resourceful. It takes a lot of strength to live with a partner who abuses others. These women adopt various coping strategies every day to survive. However, it is important to break the cycle of domestic violence in women. Some strategies to break the cycle are:
Increased availability and awareness of services for victims and perpetrators: advocacy, support, accommodation, skill development and counselling for both women and children who are exiting or attempting to exit violent relationships, as well as programs for perpetrators of domestic violence to reduce repeat victimisation.
Implementation of early intervention and education programs targeted at young people, including school-based programs that aim to shape appropriate attitudes towards women and violence, which have been identified as the most important strategies in breaking the cycle of violence. Continued efforts to improve community attitudes towards violence against women, and address prevailing misconceptions regarding the prevalence, and acceptability of violence against women. This cannot be achieved through social campaigns and communication alone, it requires investment in other primary prevention programs, such as community development initiatives–like the intervention programmes we offer at Wonderfully Made Woman–
Increased involvement of men and boys in the development of programs designed to prevent violence against women by changing male attitudes and behaviours.
For women going through domestic abuse, at first, you might find it hard to talk about the abuse. But assured that you are not alone and there are support networks or services who can help you, and you will, most likely, feel relief and receive much-needed support when you reach out. Wonderfully Made Woman acknowledges that it takes a lot of boldness for a woman to break free from domestic violence. We support their courage, and we are always willing to support her and her children as she takes steps to get back her life, and live fear free.