- She may still care for her partner and hope that they will change. Many women don’t necessarily want to leave the relationship; they just want the violence to stop.
- She may feel ashamed about what has happened or believe that it is her fault.
- She may be scared of the future: where she will go, what she will do for money, whether she will have to hide forever and what will happen to the children.
- She may worry about money, and supporting herself and her children.
may feel too exhausted or unsure to make any decisions.
- She may be isolated from family or friends or be prevented from leaving the home or reaching out for help.
- She may not know where to go.
- She may have low self-esteem as a result of the abuse.
- She may believe that it is better to stay for the sake of the children, for example, wanting a father for her children and/or wishing to prevent the stigma associated with being a single parent.