Ask The Experts
Why would someone choose to stay in an abusive relationship?
There are many reasons why someone would chose to stay in an abusive relationship. Maybe, they have been married for a while and the victim does not want to end a long relationship. Maybe, they have children and s/he is staying for that reason. Maybe, the victim loves the abuser and wants to believe him/her when they say they will change. Finally, perhaps, they may stay out of fear. The victim has probably been told numerous times that either they or their children will be hurt or killed if they leave the abusive relationship. In any event, if you are a friend of someone who is being abused, ensure they know about their options (Temporary Protective Orders, Emergency Shelter, etc) and be patient. This type of relationship did not evolve over night. It will not be settled as quickly either.