Why Victims Stay

People often wonder, "Why doesn't she just leave?", without understanding the complications of ending an abusive relationship. Many victims may not leave for some of the following reasons.

  1. Fear
  2. Lack of Money / Resources
  3. Believes Abuse is Normal
  4. Children
  5. Embarrassment or Shame
  6. Love
  7. Fear of Being Outed
  8. Cultural / Religious Reasons
  9. Language Barriers
  10. Immigration Status


A victim may be paralyzed due to threats such as, "If you try to leave, I'll kill you." They may also be aware that leaving is often the most dangerous time.