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About Abuse

Information for Teens

December 29, 2015

What might happen to me if I'm in an abusive relationship?

Possible effects of being in an abusive relationship include:

  • loss of appetite;
  • headaches;
  • nervousness;
  • weight loss;
  • bruises or broken bones;
  • sadness;
  • self-blame;
  • confusion;
  • anxiety;
  • guilt;
  • shame;
  • mistrust of self;
  • mistrust of others;
  • depression;
  • fear;
  • feelings of worthlessness;
  • terror;
  • permanent injury;
  • death;
  • suicide. 

Note: Our Danger Assessment page lists certain abusive behaviors, which indicate that a victim is at a greater risk of being seriously injured or killed by an abuser.