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Domestic violence in a relationship is about the abuser's use of power and control to get his/her way. The batterer has learned that conflicts are resolved with threats or force. When the partner does not behave in the desired way, the batterer uses power to punish the partner.
The relationship may not seem abusive at first. The abusive behaviors appear after the batterer feels that the partner is "hooked" in the relationship. The following behaviors are some of the ways that an abuser misuses power to control the partner:
Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
It takes the partner an average of seven times before successfully leaving the abusive relationship. Listed below are some of the key reasons why a partner stays in the relationship: