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Why do people have a hard time leaving an abusive relationship?

You have probably heard stories of people in Florida who have been severely injured by a partner. You may even have wondered why the person stayed in the relationship. This is a common thought for people who have never been in an abusive relationship. It is difficult to understand. However, there have been some reasons found through learning more about the dynamics of such a relationship.

Psychology Today notes the reason for staying in an abusive relationship is not the same for every person. Some victims of domestic violence are afraid to leave because they have been cut off from anyone who could help them. They may also feel like nobody will help them, or they are too ashamed of being in such a situation to ask for help.

Some victims develop disorders, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, which makes them detach from what is happening, so they can block it out. This makes them almost unaware that they are being abused. Others may be confused by emotion and focus only on the positive aspects of their relationship, refusing to see the bad. 

While it may be difficult for you to see why an abuse victim would not leave a bad situation, it is not that easy for them. These people are many times stuck. They become used to the situation or they are unable to leave out of fear. You see the danger, but they may not. It is much more complicated than you could ever imagine. This information is intended to educate and is not to be seen as legal advice. 

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