Every year in the United States, one in four women are victims of domestic violence; however, this is only based on what has been reported to the department of justice. While men are also victims of domestic violence, women are more often the victims. Moreover, a study done by Dr. Halket Megan, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist states that “90% of domestic violence is male initiated” (36). In severe cases, domestic violence ends with victims being murdered. More specifically, domestic violence resulted in 2,340 deaths in the United States in 2007, and 70% of those killed were females (35). Many people think that victims have the option of leaving and many people blame the victims for putting up with the abuse. What many people don 't know is, victims of domestic violence have many reasons preventing them from leaving their abusers. These reasons include, isolation, having children bounding them with the abuser and lack of financial support. "It 's never pretty when you leave an abusive and controlling relationship. The warden protests when a prison gets shut down," says Dr. Steve Maraboli. Whether a victim stays or leaves their abuser, the outcomes of both situations are not always as pleasant as many people predict. In some situations, the outcomes of leaving may be very dangerous for both the victim and her children.
To start off, an abuser tends to frighten their victims and isolate them from all friends, family and loved ones. The reason behind isolating their victims is, to avoid any outside interference or influence that may end the relationship the abuser has with his victim. When a victim has no influence or outside help, they will most likely stay in that abusive relationship. Leaving a relatio...
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...hey choose not to because they are weak; however, the risks of leaving might over weigh their chances of survival and independence. Because of the risks, many victims face, they are most likely to remain in their abusive relationships. Whether it is fear, isolation, children or financial stability, there are many reasons imprisoning victims to stay and be abused. If secure ways can be affirmed for victims to leave their abusers without being harmed, the chances and outcomes of leaving will rise in very positive ways. Even though many safe programs and shelter have been available, many victims are eventually found by their abuser or return to their abusers. There is no actual way to be assured that leaving abusive relationships can always have a positive outcome for the victim and victims might not be successful in finding jobs and providing for herself and children.
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