A woman might choose to stay in her abusive relationship because the risks of leaving outweigh the risks of staying. Statistics show that women are in the most danger directly after they leave
Domestic violence advocates can support these women by:
1) working with the victims to develop strategies to increase their safety while still in the relationship
2) ending violent and controlling behavior while not demonizing the abusive partner and supporting them to change
3) better understanding children’s needs and build opportunities for their well-being and prevent future harm.
Domestic violence advocates may consider more
For more information on preparing to leave check out our pages “Getting Ready to Leave,” "Leaving,”