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5 reasons why people stay in abusive relationships

29 April 2016, 08:03 Philomenah Chebet

We have all heard about them or know some of the unfortunate victims of abuse.

Interestingly, there is a group of people that endure mistreatment as they relate to their partners, making people wonder why they still hold on and perhaps hope for the best.  

Below are some factors and reasons why individuals persevere in these relationships which are abusive:

1. Money

If one partner is financially dependent on their abusive partner, there is always a feeling of not being able to stand on their own. When they have no other source of income, they may be forced to hold as they wait for things to get better.

2. Children

They are a major headache for people in abusive relationships. The thought of children growing up without either the mother or father can be very traumatizing for a parent and hence the desire to give the kids a complete family forces some to stay in abuse relationships for long.

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3. Fear of starting out alone/ having nowhere to go

When a wedding or any other marriage ceremony has been held and a woman handed over to an abusive husband who has already paid the dowry, they are afraid of going back home. There is a feeling of helplessness and fear of starting life afresh and being alone.

4. Pressure

Both Social or peer pressure especially if the abuser is popular. There will be the fear of no one believing them or everyone taking the abuser’s side hence forcing them to persevere in the relationship.

5. Culture and religion

In the African Culture when one is married, he or she is expected not to separate with the partner. Other communities even allow wife battery as a form of punishment and therefore one is expected to stick to the relationship. For the religious, divorce is not allowed unless there is sexual infidelity.

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