Victim Consequences from Bullying
- May have been abused over a prolonged period prior to recognition and/or action.
- Gradual escalation is typical and subtle making recognition difficult.
- Isolation from friends and family.
- Financial dependency.
- Fear of threats to kill.
- Feared loss of children.
- Belief in the bully's power to carry out threats.
- Belief that staying is the safest course.
Unfortunately in the light of statistics, this is often true. A victim may be able to survive a beating,
but may not survive an attempt to kill. Lesser degrees of abuse may be even more difficult to
- Some women recognize the signs of impending abuse and are able to manipulate
conditions so that others (especially children) are less likely to be witnesses or
- Loss of ability to see the larger picture. Emphasis may be only on survival day to day,
incident to incident.
- Physical and psychological impacts from various kinds of abuse can last much longer after
the violence is ended or escaped from.(2)
- Children of battered women face a greater risk of low birth weight, malnutrition,
behavioral problems and sometimes infant death.(3)
- Violence to children and adults can lead to depression, chronic pain, alcoholism or drug
addiction, suicide attempts.(4)
1. Ann Landers, from The Kansas City Star, 06/02/99
2. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and the Center of Health and Gender
Equity (CHANGE) in Takoma Park, MD, Report, (http://www.jhuccp.org/pr/l11ed-sum.stm),
reported by Likeman, quoted by Rhonda Chriss, Op-Ed Editor "Nothing Funny About Women
Getting Socked," The Kansas City Star, 1/30/00