Fifty Obstacles to Leaving, a.k.a., Why Abuse Victims Stay

Domestic violence victims stay for many valid reasons that must be understood by lawyers, judges, and the legal community if they are to make change. This document lists reasons the author has encountered in 22 years of work with thousands of victims.

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Fifty Obstacles to Leaving, a.k.a., Why Abuse Victims Stay by Sarah M. Buel, The Colorado Lawyer, Volume 28, Number 10 (October 1999)

"Domestic violence represents serious violent crime: this is not codependence, for there is nothing the victim can do to stop the violence, nor is there anything she does to deserve the abuse. Domestic violence victims stay for many valid reasons that must be understood by lawyers, judges, and the legal community if they are to stem the tide of homicides, assaults, and other abusive behavior. The following represents a much-abbreviated, alphabetical list of some reasons I have either witnessed among the thousands of victims with whom I have had the honor of working over the past twenty-two years óor that reflect my own experiences."

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