The Health Effects of Toxic Relationships

Toxic intimate partner relationships can have a lasting impact on the mental health of victims/survivors, even when physical abuse is not present. Recent research also shows that the stress of threatening, violent relationships can have lifelong effects on physical health and well-being. This presentation was created to note Crime Victims' Rights Week 2023 by Women's Council intern Catherine Cunningham from Rhodes College.


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