It may produce intergenerational cycles of abuse in children and other family members, who may feel that such violence is acceptable or condoned.Very few people recognize themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family disputes that just got out of control.Children who live in a household with violence often show psychological problems from an early age, such as dysregulated aggression which may later contribute to continuing the legacy of abuse when they reach adulthood.

After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as age, educational attainment, and household income, improving relationships were associated with lower levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and weight when compared with consistently good relationships.

Deteriorating relationships, on the other hand, were linked to higher blood pressure.

They believe this is because men are extremely reliant on their wives, but women have larger social networks and other ways of coping.

The scientists, writing in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, even suggested men in turbulent relationships should end their marriage for the sake of their health.‘Changes in the quality of a marital relationship appear to predict cardiovascular disease risk, though consistently good or poor relationship groups were not very different.‘Assuming a causal association, then marriage counselling for couples with deteriorating relationships may have added benefits in terms of physical health over and above psychological well-being, though in some cases ending the relationship may be the best outcome.’They said a happy marriage is generally protective, but added: ‘Men appear to gain more benefit than women, as women have larger social networks and are less dependent on their partner than men.’The scientists tracked 620 married fathers taking part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children which began in 1991.

Men in a rocky marriage are at greater risk of having a heart attack - but women are unaffected.

British researchers found the ups and downs of marital life were strongly linked to rises and falls in men’s blood pressure, cholesterol and weight - each major drivers of heart attacks and strokes.

In abusive relationships, there may be a cycle of abuse during which tensions rise and an act of violence is committed, followed by a period of reconciliation and calm.

Victims of domestic violence may be trapped in domestic violent situations through isolation, power and control, cultural acceptance, lack of financial resources, fear, shame, or to protect children.

As a result of abuse, victims may experience physical disabilities, chronic health problems, mental illness, limited finances, and poor ability to create healthy relationships.

Victims may experience psychological problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Samaritan House also provides trauma services for victims and their children.