Victims may be reluctant to leave for a complex set of factors, such as:
- fear of greater injury or death
- degraded self-esteem
- love or concern for the abuser.
If they are teens they may be afraid to ask their parents for help or fear that they won’t be believed because their partners are so popular or good-looking.
They might be disabled or deaf, isolated in rural areas, or simply have no idea that help is available. This is often true, for women who don’t speak English, and who may be threatened with deportation if they tell.