What are harmful effects of men‘s violence in women?
In women, men’s violence can cause:
- lack of motivation or lack of a sense of self-worth.
- mental health problems, like anxiety and problems eating and sleeping. As a way to cope with the violence, women may begin harmful or reckless behavior - such as using drugs or alcohol, or having many sex partners.
- serious pain and injuries: broken bones, burns, black eyes, cuts, bruises, as well as headaches, belly pain, and muscle pains that may continue for many years after the abuse happens.
- sexual health problems. Many women suffer miscarriages from being beaten during pregnancy. They may also suffer from unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or be infected with HIV as a result of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse often also leads to a fear of having sex, pain during sex, and lack of desire.