Understanding Domestic Violence

People who stay in violent relationships undergo gradual steps of reasoning to reconcile the violence in their minds. The reasons a victim stays may change as the violence in the relationship progresses.

Things to Say to a Victim Reluctant to Leave a Violent Situation (or who is returning to one):

  • I am afraid for your safety
  • I am afraid for the safety of your children
  • It will only get worse
  • I am here for you when you are ready to leave
  • You deserve better than this