This, in turn, can impact his or her thought process and ability to make decisions.

In extreme cases of depression, people may even experience suicidal thoughts and/or attempts.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, refer them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK.

Depression remains the most common symptom exhibited by survivors of domestic violence. Dissociation usually refers to feeling like one has “checked out” or is not present.

For others, the effects come in waves and are not felt until the shock of the event wears off.

Abuse can have a serious impact on the way a person thinks and interacts with the world around them.

Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while.

But with time and support, such traumatic reactions usually get better. Depression is more than common feelings of temporary sadness.

According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly three in every 10 women—about 32 million—and one in 10 men in the United States who experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner reported at least one measured impact or effect related to forms of violent behavior in that relationship.

Even though survivors may experience similar types of abuse, the response to trauma may vary from person to person.

The short circuit stays with us long after the violence ends, and is the origin of the mental, physical and spiritual effects of domestic violence.