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Why people do not leave abusive relationships

Although there are many California residents who are aware that domestic violence does occur in households, many people do not understand just how widespread domestic abuse really is. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been in abusive relationships. Even if it is known that domestic violence is common, it is often not understood why people who are in abusive relationships simply do not leave.

Every minute, it is estimated that 20 people are abused by a partner or spouse. Abuse that occurs in domestic relationships accounts for approximately 15 percent of all violent crimes. There are more than 200,000 calls made to domestic violence hotlines every single year.

There are many reasons why a person may not leave their abusive partner. In some cases, they still get some security out of the abusive relationship. Leaving could cause a person to suffer financial troubles or other obstacles that can make it difficult for them to start a new life. They may become stigmatized and ridiculed, especially if the victim is male. Further, leaving an abusive relationship can be incredibly dangerous as studies have shown that a person is more likely to be killed by an abuser within two weeks after they leave the situation.

If a person is attempting to leave an abusive relationship and fears for their safety, a family law attorney may help them seek a temporary restraining order. The attorney may assist with providing evidence that shows that the alleged abuser made threats against the person's life or that the alleged abuser has a history of stalking or harassment. The restraining order can also potentially protect any children that the couple has. If the alleged abuser violates the restraining order, the attorney may assist with taking the next steps to start the divorce process or otherwise support the person.

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