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02 September 2010

Effects of domestic abuse are lasting

Even after escaping an abusive relationship, a mother's mental health may continue to decline, due to financial stress, shared custody and single parenting, a new study finds.

Even after escaping a violent or controlling relationship, a mother's mental health may continue to decline, a new study finds.

However, women who stayed or left a physically or emotionally abusive relationship showed significantly higher levels. The study found that women who left an abusive relationship after the first year became more depressed and still had high levels of anxiety over the next two years.

In terms of mental health, these women were no better off than women who stayed in abusive relationships, according to the researchers.

 
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