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The Permanent Effects of Abuse

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Even though he has been charged with beating her, Rihanna has chosen to get back together with beau Chris Brown. But experts warn that the long term effects of domestic violence are real and scary, both for an individual and for a relationship.

Rihanna, Chris Brown

Domestic violence is the most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44, according to the National Institutes of Health. CNN reports that even if a person ends up leaving an abusive situation, the remnants stay for a long time.

Victims who do have the courage to leave often want to avoid conflict at all costs in future relationships. Psychologist Mark Crawford says women "become over-accomodating and won't tust people easily." Those who stay are much worse off, because they start doubting their own perceptions and "become passive in both romantic and non-romantic relationships."

Abused women report worse health, both physically and emotionally, showing clear connections between depression and abuse. Depression rates in abused women are 2.5 times greater than women who have never been abused, according to a study of more than 3,000 women. Abused women also have a greater likelihood of substance abuse.

It doesn't matter if you are a popstar like Rihanna, or working in a supermarket, domestic violence can affect anyone and everyone.

Do you think you might be in an abusive relationship? Learn how to identify an abuser and find out what to do if you are in this situation. Momlogic talked to Jane Greer, Ph.D., a marriage and family therapist, who can help you identify and get out of the relationship.

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