Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
Kerry: Some people stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid of what will happen if they leave, and the changes that will follow.
dr pers: Some stay because they don’t think they have enough economical resources of their own, to “go it alone.”
Kerry: Some stay in abusive partnerships because they have become “comfortable with the uncomfortable.” In other words, “it is hard being in this relationship, but it’s all I know and I’m stuck with it”.
dr pers: Some stay because of religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
Kerry: Some try to cope, try to change their partners or hope that their partner will change on their own. All I can say about waiting for your partner to change is, “let me know how that goes”.
While this list is rather simple, we acknowledge the issues are more complex.