Violence Leading to Anxiety
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another." Domestic violence can affect men, women and children. The abuser in the situation may use several different tactic to keep his or her victim under his or her control. This can include intimidation, economic abuse, isolation, coercion, isolation and minimizing the abuse. If children are involved, the abuser may use them against his or her victim, such as threatening to take the children away. If the abuser is a male, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence notes that he may use “male privilege," in which he keeps a dominant role over the woman.
Domestic violence has a significant psychological impact on the people involved, which can result in post traumatic stress disorder. For example, a woman who is dealing with both post traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence may have nightmares about the violence. An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Center notes that a correlation between post traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence have been found in female survivors who have experienced severe violence, moderate violence and psychological abuse. Children who have experienced domestic violence at home are also at risk for the anxiety disorder. The Child Welfare Information Gateway from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adds that children exposed to domestic violence have poor emotional and mental health, which can result in post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions.