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Why do people stay in abusive relationships?

People who are in abusive relationships are frequently asked the question, “Why don’t you just leave?” The truth is that it usually isn’t that easy at all. The very nature of domestic violence is such that it becomes deeply engrained into all aspects of a victim’s life, which often leads to other issues such as social isolation and economic dependence on the batterer. Listed below are some examples of the barriers of leaving an abusive relationship.