Russia has announced it will decriminalize some domestic violence if it doesn’t cause serious physical harm. Current western thought indicates that emotional abuse in many ways is more damaging than physical violence. The probability is that there is more emotional abuse than physical abuse so this will affect many families. The effects of emotional abuse on women is to cause fear, low self esteem, depression and possible suicides as there is a long shadow cast as a result of abuse such as screaming matches.
The effects are even more serious on children, particularly when they are very young as too much fear in an environment causes permanent physiological damage in brain wiring. Certain brain receptors don’t get developed such as Gaba receptors limiting the amount of self soothing neurochemicals that can be absorbed in the brain, mirror neurons don’t grow limiting empathy, the vagus nerve between the brain and the heart gets stunted limiting the connection between head and heart. The child is less grounded. The child’s natural defense mechanisms are severely compromised. The ACE study a few years ago shows that those with adverse childhood experiences can expect a troubled and shorter life. Russians a s whole live shorter lives than the west and their level of alcoholism is very high.
All this leads to a lower level of life satisfaction. The scientific evidence of the damage is over whelming. In conjunction with this is a high level of physical violence. It is estimated 9000 women a year are killed by angry husbands. This is called: returning to family values. Go figure.