Physical abuse in a relationship often involves psychological and may also involve sexual violence. Victims of physical violence tend to be unemployed especially if the violence is severe. As physical violence tends to be severe, the victims develop PTSD. Even if violence is less severe at the beginning it tends to escalate later.
Physical violence occurs along with various types of aggressive behaviors such as jealousy and control. It is often preceded by psychological abuse.
Physical abuse is also associated with stressful situations such as low income or unemployment. Cases of physical violence are not as frequent as cases of emotional abuse.
Those who engage in dating violence tend to experience violence during their childhood. For women experiencing violence in childhood led to victimization. Those who experienced violence in childhood tend to engage in violence when they grow up while they also tend to choose groups that may engage in violence.
Prolonged experience of physical abuse during childhood leads to suicidal attempts later in life. Other consequences involve depression. Children who experience may engage in various self-destructive behaviors. Those who engage in alcohol following their abusive past may use alcohol as a way to escape their traumatic experiences. They also tend to engage in other antisocial behaviors as well as become part of groups with similar dispositions.
Children who witness violence experience feelings of insecurity along with other negative feelings. These feelings create tendencies towards greater distance between the child and the parent that makes it prone to engaging in aggression. Abusive parents tend to be also inconsistent in their relationship with the child while they also give it less attention. Children who witness violence between the parents also tend to develop anxiety and have other adjustment problems. They also tend to experience other types of family dysfunction in the future as well as social support. Other factors involve the impairment of child development. Social support given in the appropriate time to a child who suffers from physical abuse can also improve the functioning of the child despite the abusive situation.
Those who experienced abuse in childhood often find themselves homeless later in life. There is a growing number of people that are homeless people, where a significant portion are women.
Even despite physical violence women experience from their spouses, the decision to leave such relationships may be difficult. What makes such decision difficult is that they invested their time and emotions in such a relationship which creates an attachment despite negative experiences. They often return to their spouses, but once they make a decision to leave and have adequate resources they regard such decision as a positive step in their lives.
Alcohol and using drugs tend to also increase the incidents of violence, especially when used in groups. Those who engage in heavy drinking especially tend to accept and engage in physical violence towards women. Alcohol can be used as an excuse, where aggression is more tolerated.
Alcohol may create an additional stress in the family, where violent incidents occur. During such incidents, both spouses and children become subjected to physical abuse.