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  • The abuser may have threatened to kill them if they leave, or kill themselves or the children or a pet

  • The most dangerous time for an abused woman is when she attempts to leave; violence can escalate after they leave

  • Victim is financially dependent on their partner – choice between violence or poverty

  • Beliefs that they need to keep the family together that it’s better for the children

  • Mental health may have been impacted by the abuse – PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and partner may use this against them

  • Domestic abuse is often gradual and things can escalate over time. Promises for changes to happen, etc. can pull a victim back

  • They love the other person; trauma bond

  • Fear they won’t be believed, fear of being alone, fear of not meeting someone else

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