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 Is Your Relationship Affecting Your Health?

Besides the visible injuries from physical abuse, the ongoing stress of having a controlling and/or violent partner can affect other areas of your physical and emotional health.

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  • Do I have frequent headaches, back or abdominal pain?
  • Am I depressed and/or anxious?
  • Am I over-eating and gaining weight? Under-eating and losing weight?
  • Do I drink, smoke, or use drugs to cope?
  • Do I ever feel forced into unhealthy or unwanted sexual activities?
  • Have I been pressured about whether or when to have children?
  • Does my partner make it harder for me to deal with my illness or disability?

People experiencing partner abuse are two times more likely to be in poor health. You can take steps to improve your own health and the health of your children through HAVEN resources & HAVEN services

Or learn more about the impacts of abuse on health and how the health care setting is an important resource for intimate partner abuse survivors http://endabuse.org/section/programs/health_care
Family Violence Prevention Fund

Caring for Yourself During Cancer Treatment is a booklet for anyone experiencing both cancer and abuse. It describes what abuse is and how it might affect your health. It also explains how to get support. (Published by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.)

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