An abusive father can have a detrimental effect on a young woman's confidence and on her future relationships. Some three million children witness violence in their homes each year, according to an article on Crisis Connection, "The Effects of an Abusive Man on His Children. As a victim of paternal abuse, a young woman may have experienced verbal or physical violence. This cycle of abuse or "battered person syndrome" occurs in three stages: the tension-building phase, the battering incidence or "eruption," and the respite phase.
Emotional abuse is something that is very difficult to prove. Most of the times the people who are hurling this abuse, do not understand that they are actually harming the self esteem of the victim whereas there are some people who do this without full knowledge of what they are doing. One can come across many cases of emotional abuse where the father is the abuser and his darling daughter becomes the victim. There may be instances where an abuser uses emotional abuse to keep daughter under his control.
Gender roles are changing. The classical model of a family with a father as the breadwinner who is not emotionally involved in the children's lives is becoming obsolete. As more mothers join the workforce, as more families are fragmented through divorce and as traditional roles are more gender neutral, fathers are increasingly providing more than just a paycheck in the home. But the benefits of increased paternal participation in children's lives are not universal. In cases where a father suffers from a personality disorder, increased involvement is not always a good thing.