Abuse is manifested in many different ways. It can be physical, mental, sexual. It is also child abuse when the life and health of an unborn child is put at risk. The consequences of abuse can be serious and last far into adulthood. Examples of consequences are low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, increased risk of long term diseases, suicidal thought and alcohol- and drug abuse.
Even though domestic violence is not aimed at the child itself, it has an effect on the health and development of the child.