There’s often speculation — much of it harmful — about why women “stay” in abusive relationships. But one simple reason is consistently overlooked: They can’t afford to leave.
Relationship abuse, which affects 1 in 3 American women, is about more than physical violence. It is a pattern of coercion and control that can include emotional abuse, sexual assault, and efforts to isolate and control a partner not only socially but also financially. In countless testimonies, survivors tell of being financially trapped in abusive relationships.
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