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Your Relationship Affects Your Health

Domestic violence can have a chronic and long-term health impact on individuals, children, and communities, including depression, heart disease, substance abuse, unintended and teen pregnancies, asthma and obesity. Studies have also found that women who experience DV are at increased risk for headaches, chronic pain, as well as acute and chronic injuries.

Pregnant and newly parenting women are particularly vulnerable to the impact of domestic violence. Domestic violence may get worse during pregnancy, resulting in increased risks for victims and adverse outcomes for babies including premature birth and low birth weight.

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