320 Violence Against Women
HIV and AIDS, 283
lack of desire, 188
When a woman is
abused at home, her
children believe that
this is how girls
Violence not only hurts women. It also affects their children,
and the whole community.
In women, men’s violence can cause:
• lack of motivation or lack of a sense of self-worth.
• mental health problems, like anxiety and problems eating and
sleeping. As a way to cope with the violence, women may
begin harmful or reckless behavior—such as using drugs or
alcohol, or having many sex partners.
• serious pain and injuries: broken bones, burns, black eyes,
cuts, bruises, as well as headaches, belly pain, and
muscle pains that may continue for many years after the
• sexual health problems. Many women suffer miscarriages
from being beaten during pregnancy. They may also suffer
from unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections
(STIs) or be infected with HIV as a result of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse often also leads to a fear of having sex, pain
during sex, and lack of desire.
In children, seeing their mothers abused can often cause:
• angry or aggressive behavior—
copying the violence. Or they may
become very quiet and withdraw to
• nightmares and other fears. Children
in abusive familes often do not eat
well, grow and learn more slowly
than other children, and have
many illnesses, like stomach aches,
headaches, and asthma.
• injury and death if the violence is
turned on them.
In a community, violence can cause:
• the cycle of violence to continue into new generations.
• the continued false belief that men are better than women.
• everyone’s quality of life to suffer because women take part
less in their communities when they are silenced or killed by
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