The reasons these women stayed in their abusive relationships were common… fear, feeling stuck, ashamed that they chose to marry this person and make a life with them apart from their family and did not surprise me. Manipulating Abusive partners don’t necessarily happen overnight.
Many of the women said their abuser was charming and almost superhero-like until something changed. These victims felt like they could fix the abuser or that he would change …”if only” she did something differently.
They felt trapped with no way to escape and some were even threatened by their abuser that if they left they would be hunted down and killed. The line that stuck with me was “ I wanted to believe that LOVE COULD CONQUER ALL”’that line speaks volumes!