There are various types of abuse that can occur in an abusive relationship. Mental, Physical, Verbal and sexual are all types of abuse within a relationship, and not always with a woman a man can experience these types of abuse too. Emotional abuse is as damaging as physical abuse, though it is often harder to recognize, and therefore to recover from. Emotional abuse causes long term self-esteem issues and profound emotional repercussions for the partners of abusers. Abuse typically alternates with declarations of love and statements that they will change, providing a "hook" to keep the partner in the relationship. Where sexual abuse can be far more damaging, in sense the victim will tend to feel a many different unhealthily emotions such as: distancing around intimacy, lack of disclosure, bursts of anger, and/or depressive episodes. Certain triggers can occur that bring back memories from the abuse. In the psychiatric field this is known as a conversion disorder. A conversion disorder is where actual physical symptoms manifest themselves triggered by previous memories from the sexual abuse or any sever trauma. This is commonly seen in Post-Traumatic Stress. In conclusion when people have been in abusive relationships in the past it is hard for them to have a healthy relationship when they meet someone new, there are always going to be thoughts that are there in the back of their mind shifting them in different directions. It will be very hard for these individuals to trust again.
Resource: By: Orzeck, Tricia L.; Rokach, Ami; Chin, Jacqueline. Journal of Loss & Trauma, May/Jun2010, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p167-192, 26p,