I totally agree… this is one of the most disrespectful questions. Is it even a question? It feels like you’re being judged already.
For anyone who’s never been in this situation you’d never understand. I hope you read my post on my experience towards the end of the month. I would never wish this situation befall on anyone.
LIVE LAUGH … BELLE PAPILLON
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The question “Why doesn’t she just leave” continues to be asked of and about women who live or have lived with domestic violence.
Aside from practical considerations such as ever-decreasing government funding to frontline refuge and legal aid services that make it difficult for a woman to find somewhere to go and access the trained assistance she needs. Apart from the acknowledged fact that attempting to leave is the most dangerous time for women and children, as her desperate assertion of independence can incite a perpetrator to even greater brutality as he attempts to maintain control of her.
Aside from those considerations, there are the well-documented complexities of human reactions frequently demonstrated in situations when violence is inflicted by those upon whom we are in some way dependent. Even a rudimentary understanding of these complexities will expose the question “Why doesn’t she just leave” as the statement of monumental ignorance…
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