Abused Women - Why Do They Stay?

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Queiroz, Linda Anne
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2012-05-11T16:46:30Z
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domestic violence , abused women , abuse , battering , abuse victims , victim , survivors of domestic violence , survivor , physical abuse , verbal abuse , emotional abuse , divorce , low self-esteem , why women stay in abusive relationships , children who witness violence
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Abstract
This thesis project is a long-form human interest journalistic piece that focuses on why educated, professional women stay in abusive relationships. It opens with a personal story and also draws on interviews with female victims, as well as research studies. Women stay in abusive relationships for many reasons, among them: denial, family history, shame, financial concerns, and fear of the broken home. The root of all of these is the same—low self-esteem. This lack of self-confidence and self-respect creates feelings of powerlessness and helplessness that makes a woman vulnerable to abusive men who influence her thought processes.
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