The Psychology of Trauma

Domestic Violence

Why do battered women stay?

There are many reasons that battered women stay in a relationship, even though it can seem unfathomable to outside observers. First, there are often practical reasons, such as legal, economic, financial, and cultural considerations. Secondly, they have good reason to fear for their safety, and even their life, if they leave. Thirdly, the psychological effects of the battering relationship serve to break down self-confidence to the point that it can feel impossible to leave.


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