There are many reasons why it may be hard to leave an abusive relationship. Statistics show that, on average, it takes a woman 7 to 11 tries before she successfully leaves her abuser. Here are a few reasons why someone may not be able or willing to leave their abusive partner:
Fear: Abusers often threaten over and over that they will hurt the victim, their children, a pet, a family member or friend, or themselves. Abusers may even threaten to kill the victim if he/she leaves.
Low Self-Esteem: Abusers oftentimes put their partners down and degrade them, which can make the victim think that the abuse is her fault and that she deserves that kind of treatment.
Money: Victims may depend on their abuser for financial support, and may not have the economic means to support themselves if they leave the relationship.
Children: It is very common for victims to stay with their abusers because they do not want to ‘break up’ their family. Additionally, they may be afraid that the abuser will take the children away or harm the children if she leaves.