In fact, many women who've escaped abusive relationships swear to themselves that they will never get into another one, only to find themselves becoming victims of abuse once again.
Sadly, it takes an average of five to seven acts of violence before a woman leaves her abuser.
If you have friends or family members who are in unhealthy or abusive relationships, the most important thing you can do is be supportive and listen to them. Understand that leaving an unhealthy or abusive relationship is never easy.
Try to let your friend know that they have options.
So, why not plan to avoid entering into an abusive relationship in the first place?
It's easier to avoid an abusive relationship if you're able to detect the early signs.
Victims/survivors may also blame themselves for the violence as they are repeatedly told it is their fault by their abuser to the point that they become convinced of it and believes that it's their responsibility to "fix" it. When the abuser acknowledges the error of his/her ways, when s/he breaks down and cries and concedes the need for dramatic change, hope is often renewed for the victim/survivor. Many victims/survivors of domestic violence do not have a support system. For example, the abuser may prohibit the victim/survivor from using the phone, may humiliate him/her at family gatherings, may insist on transporting him/her to and from work, or may censor his/her mail, email, texting and cellphone records.
Dating violence is emotional, physical or mental abuse within the bounds of a romantic or potential relationship, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Vulnerability leaves a person wide open to falling prey to an abuser.
When I fell prey to my abuser, I was at a very mentally and emotionally weakened state because of all things I'd been through.
People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship.
They don’t understand that breaking up can be more complicated than it seems.