Impact on Victims

  • Self Blame
  • Anger, Sadness, Depression, Confusion
  • A feeling of constant threat
  • Humiliation
  • Shame for continuing in the relationship
  • Develop an eating disorder
  • Abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Helplessness
  • Loss of Control
  • Feeling unworthy of a better relationship


Why does one stay?

  • loyalty
  • isolation
  • lack of support from friends and family
  • social group networks
  • fear
  • fails to see the pattern of abuse.

Battered women will leave and return five to eight times on average before leaving for good.