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Why Women Stay


The reason why women stay in an abusive relationship may not be understood by the woman or onlookers. Relationships don't always start out in violence, it progresses to violence. Once a woman realizes her relationship is an unhealthy one she may not be able to leave for a number of reasons.

Following is a list of factors that may force a to woman stay. There could be only one factor, or a combination of factors in which keeps a woman in an abusive relationship.

  • Threats to harm the victim, loved ones or pets
  • Threats of suicide
  • Believing the abuser will take their children
  • Religious reasons
  • Believing the abuser will change
  • Self-blame
  • Limited financial options
  • Believing that violence is normal
  • Believing in the sanctity of marriage and the family
  • Limited housing options
  • Blaming the abuse on alcohol, financial pressures, or other outside factors
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fear of the unknown, of change
  • Isolation
  • Embarrassment and shame
  • Believing no one can help
  • Cultural beliefs
  • Denial
  • Pressure from friends and family to stay
  • Economic dependence
  • She still loves him

 For more detailed information on why women stay click here. Another useful article you may want to read can be found here.

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This site is not intended to replace the need for counselling. The information provided is intended to inform the viewer, giving information to help you be informed to make the best decision possible for you and your family. Please, always seek professional help and legal advice if you find yourself in an abusive situation.