Why Women Stay

Fear.
Children.
Lack of money.
She loves her partner.
Her partner “loves” her.
The children love them both.
Law enforcement blame her.
Clergy blame her.
Relatives blame her.
She blames herself.
Therapists blame her.
Her batterer blames her.
She’s a drug addict.
Her partner is a pimp.
Her father abused her.
Her mother abused her.
Her partner is an alcoholic.
Her partner is a drug addict.
She’s mentally impaired.
Her partner found her before.

She can’t read.
She’s in a wheel chair.
She can’t speak English.
She doesn’t have papers to be in this country.
The shelters are full.
She’ll become homeless.
No one believes she is being abused.
She doesn’t think she is being abused.
She knows the welfare system will abuse her more.
She’s isolated.
She’s depressed.
It’s not the right time.
She’s never told anyone.
She’s afraid of the unknown.
She’s a public figure.
Her partner is a public figure.

Her partner says, “I’m sorry”.
Her partner says, “I loveyou”.
Her partner says, “I’ll never do it again”.
Her partner says, “I’ll take the children”.
Her partner says, “I’ll kill you if you leave”.
Her partner says, “I’ll kill myself if you leave”.
Fear of losing custody of her children.
She’s deaf.
She’s blind.
Her partner threatens to abuse pets.
Her partner is her personal care attendant.
Her partner threatens to expose her as a lesbian.
She feels there is no help.
She’s tried to leave before.