Why do Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

Abusive Relationship

  • The reasons women stay in abusive relationships are very complicated. There are a wide range of emotional feelings that allow the abuse to continue and prevent the woman from leaving. Here are a few reasons that women stay in an abusive relationship:
    • Fear – Women fear the physical harm that might come if they attempt to leave.
    • Love – Women may truly have deep feelings for the abusive partner.
    • Promises – Promises that this abuse will never happen again.
    • Abuse = Love – Confusion between being loved and being controlled by their partner.
    • Guilt – Being made to think that the abuse is their fault, that they have the problem.
    • Not Being Believed – A strong fear that nobody will believe them if they speak out against the abuse.
    • Thinking They Can Change Them – The belief that over time the woman can change the abusive partner.
    • Low Self-Esteem – After being in an abusive relationship there is a feeling that they can do no better than their current relationship.
    • Being Alone – To end the relationship could mean a loss of mutual friends, relatives and others associated with the relationship.
    • Financial – Money, children and no place to go also hold women in these relationships.