Why is it so hard for women who are victims of domestic violence to report the abuse and leave their


Why is it so hard for women who are victims of domestic violence to report the abuse and leave their partners?

Actually, many women we see in our program have made the decision to leave their partners because of the children. However, in some cases, the harsh reality is that they cannot afford to leave. They have nowhere else to go; they cannot support themselves and their children. Some women believe that leaving their partner would actually result in increased violence toward her or her children. Another obstacle is that women fear that reporting domestic violence might result in losing her children to Child Protective Services. A woman may feel ashamed and blame herself for the abuse. She may want to keep what goes on in her house a secret. It has been our experience in doing training on this subject around the country that Children’s Protective Services are developing greater sensitivity in working with victims of domestic violence. The goal is to help the victim, not to victimize her further by taking her child away.

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