There are a myriad of reasons why women stay in abusive relationships. And while we understand that intimate partner abuse impacts both men and women, we focus on why women stay with abusive men in our women’s support groups.
The Cycle of Violence is a repetitive pattern, which occurs in nearly all abusive relationships. One may not be aware of the cycle during their time in the abusive relationship, but the symptoms and restrictions eventually surface. The Cycle of Violence has three stages: Tension building, crisis, and honeymoon.