When domestic violence, dating violence, or intimate partner abuse is brought up, it's not uncommon to hear someone say, "I don't understand... Why not just leave?" There are hundreds of reasons victims of abuse don't, won't, or can't leave. Here are five of the biggest.
The main forms of relationship abuse are emotional, financial, physical, and sexual. Abuse involves tactics of manipulation, coercion, intimidation, or harassment, used to gain and maintain power and control over another. Incidents and instances of relationship abuse can occur between current or former dating and domestic partners, family members, caretakers, or even roommates. The behaviors listed in each category, below, were written specifically about relationships that are, or were, intimate and/or romantic in nature.