Why Leaving is Hard

If you're not experiencing abuse, it can be hard to understand why it is so difficult to leave an abusive relationship.

Because domestic abuse affects every aspect of a person’s life, deciding to end a relationship and escape abuse can be more difficult than one would think. In any abusive relationship, anxiety and exhaustion deplete a survivor’s energ to resist, and survivors often begin to believe that they deserve the poor treatment they receive from loved ones.

Aside from fearing repercussions that could put their health and safety at risk, survivors may struggle to leave their partners because of the following factors.

Outside forces also play a role in a survivor’s inability to escape abuse. Instead of being seen as a public health issue, domestic abuse is often considered a private affair within couples. Society tells survivors that they must focus on saving the relationships rather than escaping the violence. For this reason, HAWC has partnered with local courthouses, hospitals, police departments, and religious organizations to ensure that survivors of abuse receive extensive support.

Leaving an abusive relationship means gradually recognizing that you are in control of your life, no matter what. The first step in this process is acknowledging a need for help.



Whether you want to discuss this issue and make a plan, or you seek an immediate emergency shelter, HAWC is ready to help. Call our hotline at 1-800-547-1649 today.