Anyone who is in an abuse situation needs our compassion, not our judgment to help them break free from the deadly cycle of physical abuse.
The deck is stacked against the victim when confronted with leaving or not. There are many different factors that can hinder a victim from leaving their abuser, including:
Love: An abuser rarely shows signs of violence in the beginning of a relationship, and once two people fall in love it can be very hard to let go.
Hope: Happy memories blended with promises of a change from the abuser creates hope that the abuse will stop.
Denial: Admitting that someone they love is hurting them can be very hard.
Blame: Abusers may blame the victim for the abusive behavior and make them feel like they are responsible and they deserve it.
Hopelessness: Victims may believe that they will never…
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