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Barriers to Leaving
One of the most common questions people ask about domestic violence is
"Why does she stay?"
It is unfortunate that people spend much more energy on this question than the question
"Why does s/he batter?"
There are many reasons women stay in abusive relationships.
These are just some of them:
All women face barriers when trying to escape dangerous relationships. It is helpful, when dealing with an abusive situation, whether you are yourself a survivor, trying to assist a survivor, or simply educating yourself about domestic violence, to be knowledgeable about all the potential barriers a woman may be encountering because of her color, age, ability level, socio-economic status, religion, history, geographical location, or life history.
Click the link below to learn more about the additional barriers some survivors face when trying to leave or survive an abusive relationship.