Relationship abuse and controlling behaviour can have serious consequences for both the people being abused and those that are doing something wrong to their partners.
How can relationship abuse affect the person being abused?
Relationship abuse can destroy someone’s self-confidence, have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing and leave them feeling isolated, lonely or depressed.
What happens to the abusers?
Many abusive behaviours are illegal and can even carry a prison sentence. Criminal convictions can also stop people from doing certain jobs, and travelling abroad to certain countries. So it could seriously damage their future ambitions.
The social consequences of being labelled an abuser should not be underestimated and can be severe. It can have an effect on what people think about you and whether you can get a boyfriend or girlfriend. Would you want to be friends with somebody that was known as an abuser? Now imagine if that person were you.