TRIGGER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MENTIONS OF PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE.
From the 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to the 10th December (Human Rights Day), there is the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign, focused to raise awareness on pressing issue of domestic violence against women and girls from all over the world.
I have decided to publish content on the subject for the next 16 days, in order to reach as many people as we can and spread some informations that can be helpful to many people who are suffering from domestic abuse.
“Why don’t you leave?
“Why are you risking your life for him, just leave”
How many times have you thought, or said that after hearing about another abusive relationships. You may have sit through your friend undergoing great deal of pain and difficulties, and watched them walking back to their abusive partners. You felt disheartened, somewhat angry and confused.
Why do victims of abuse find it extremely difficult to leave?
Leslie Morgan Steiner, writer and strong advocate on domestic violence, tells us what really happens when a victim decides to stay and how we can improve the way we listen and talk to survivors of domestic abuse.
Leslie talks about her “crazy love”, a relationship with a man who went from being her Prince Charming to the person who abused her and threatened her life.
Her speech is empowering in the way it discusses how a relationship can quickly develop into an abusive one, and how complex it is for a victim to find the courage and the strength to walk away.