If you’ve never been in an abusive relationship, you wouldn’t understand how difficult it is to leave. Most people say, “Just go!” but if it were that easy, all abused women would do that. But it’s not. It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of making the decision to stay or leave.
Find out how you can help an abused woman in slide 7.
Here are 6 reasons why most women stay in abusive relationships
We’re Scared to Leave
We’re scared of him, we’re scared of the world outside our home, we’re scared of what will happen to us in the future, we’re scared of a lot of things. Fear is very crippling and will leave you stuck somewhere you shouldn’t be. We don’t have enough confidence in ourselves to leave and make it on our own.
Many women also fear for their safety and the safety of their children. They are too terrified to leave.
He’ll Get Better
We’ve been with him so long, we can’t imagine our life without him, so we hold on to the hope that he will get better. People change. Surely, he will too. We’ve convinced ourselves that one day he will recognize his hurtful behaviour, apologize and improve himself. We hope.
We Don’t Know Where to Go
Many women have nowhere to go. They don’t have family or friends close by they can run to for help. It’s also important to understand that some women have been with their abusers for many years, which makes it even more difficult to leave. They don’t want to hurt or upset him.
We Have Nothing
We have relied on him for everything. We don’t have jobs, money, savings, belongings, anything. If we leave him, we will be broke, broken, and homeless. What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to live? We have no answers—only fear.
We Don’t Want to Be Alone
Sadly, for some women, being single and alone is terrifying. We don’t have enough self-worth or self-confidence to feel we can survive on our own, so we cling to our partners, no matter how toxic they are.
It’s Not That Bad
We know that some women have it way worse than we do. He’s not THAT bad. Sure, he’s abusive, but he does apologize usually, and besides, at least he hasn’t tried to kill me or threaten me or my family with death. I can live with this.
You Can Help
There are a few ways you can help. Reach out to her and let her know that you are there for her to help in any way you can. She needs to know there’s a safe place for her when she finally leaves. You can give her some emergency numbers to call in case she feels her life is in danger. Let her know about women’s shelters in the area (most women don’t know where they are or that they even exist).
Abuse is everyone’s business.
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