Why Victims Don’t Leave

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Filed under Child Abuse, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Physical Abuse, Violence Against Women

4 responses to “Why Victims Don’t Leave

  1. Thank you for sharing Anna – revelatory.

  2. Thank you for sharing , Anna. This is quite expository. She answered the questions that pop up in our heads everytime we hear stories of abuse. Spousal abuse is partucularly puzzling to outsiders. Who knew that abusive spouses are con artists who have monstrous master plans well laid out to trap their victims. I am glad that offerred a solution to those experiencing abuse. I hope they find the courage and the opportunity to speak out. I hope they speak up to people who will intervene before it is too late.

    • Thank you for your kindness, Gbolabo. As you point out, many people cannot understand why victims “don’t just leave”. But the manipulation, the barrage of criticism, and the threats of violence to which victims are subjected can be overwhelming. Concern for the welfare of their children is often the decisive factor both in whether to stay or leave. Some victims stay fearing their children will be abducted or murdered if they do not. Others finally leave hoping to spare their children further exposure to abuse.

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