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September, 2004

50 Reasons Women Don't Leave their Abusive Partners

Money
Fear
Relatives blames her
Therapist blames her
Police blame her
Clergy blame her
Her batterer blames her
She blames herself
No one believes she's being abused
She doesn't think she's being abused
Her partner says "I love you"
Her partner says "I'm sorry
Her partner says "I'll never do it again"
Her partner says "I'll kill you if you leave"
Her partner says "I'll take the children"
Her partner says "I'll kill myself if you leave"
She'll become homeless
The shelters are full
She believes the welfare system will abuse her more
She loves her partner
Her partner loves her
The children love them both
Her father abused her
Her mother abused her
Her partner is an alcoholic
Her partner is a drug addict
She's a drug addict
Her partner's a pimp
She's tried to leave before
The children
She can't speak English
She doesn't have papers to be in this country
She's in a wheel chair
She's deaf
She's retarded
She's blind
Her partner is her personal care attendant
Her partner is a public figure
She's a public figure
She can't read
She's afraid of the unknown
She's isolated
She's depressed
Her partner threatens to expose her as a lesbian
She's never told anyone
It's not the right time
Her partner found her before
She can't speak English
She doesn't have papers to be in this country

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