Why do women stay in abusive relationships?

The number of women either abused or killed by their partners is shocking. Yet, women still stay. Why is this so? Screen Shot 2016-11-25 at 1.21.16 PM A study conducted by the World Health Organisation in 2012 found that 65% of women in South Africa had experienced spousal abuse. Victims make efforts to leave, but factors like a lack of money deter women from leaving. Most are forced to return and are socialised to make forgive just one more time. Here are more reasons why women are afraid to separate from abusive partners: 1.Fear They are afraid of what will happen to them after they’ve left their partner. More than 70% of domestic violence injuries and murders happen after the victim has left the relationship. 2.Financial dependency According to National Domestic Violence, a victim may be financial dependent on their abusive partner. Without money, access to resources or even a place to go, it can seem impossible for them to leave.

  1. Children’s sake
They usually think the children will resent them if they leave their father.  
  1. Withdrawal symptoms
Unfortunately, some victims become used to being treated a certain way. They feel like they don’t deserve better.  
  1. Hope for a change
Their partners promise them that they will see therapist and they easily believe that. They cherish the sex and intimacy.   If you are in an abusive relationship contact POWA Postal Address: PO Box 93416, Yeoville 2143 Johannesburg. Telephone: 011 642 4345 / 6. Fax: 011 484 3195. Email: info@powa.co.za.