Why do Victims Stay?
It is incredibly hard to understand why some victims do not leave their abusers. However, abusers more often than not go to extremes to prevent the victims from leaving. It is a fact that leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence.
Some of the many barriers for a victim to leave are the following:
- The fear that the abuser's actions will become more violent and may become lethal if the victim attempts to leave.
- Unsupportive family
- Knowledge of the difficulties of single parenting and reduced financial circumstances
- The victim feeling that the relationship is a mix of good times, love and hope along with the manipulation, intimidation and fear.
- The victim's lack of knowledge of or access to safety and support
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