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Impact of Dating Abuse

Dating abuse can have serious consequences! The effects range from missing a few classes to attempting suicide. Abuse also affects future relationships. All consequences make compelling reasons to prevent abuse before it starts, or to speak up against it.

Effects on victims

These things can happen shortly after the abuse:
  • Bruises and aches
  • Pregnancy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Missed classes
  • Poor grades
  • Distrust in people
  • Lying to friends or family to hide the abuse
  • Withdrawal from friends or family, or avoidance of school or social events
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Feelings of isolation
Dating abuse can also cause problems in the long run:
  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Medical problems
  • Inability to succeed in school or at work later in life

Effects on abusers

People who are abusive in dating relationships can be affected in the long run, too:
  • Loss of respect from peers
  • Loneliness
  • Alienation from friends and family
  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • Inability to keep a job
  • Criminal activity