Breaking free from an abusive relationship is not always easy. Here are suggestions

You may be staying because you need the relationship too much, feel dependent, guilty about leaving, or fearful.

You may be staying because you need the relationship too much, feel dependent, guilty about leaving, or fearful

What you need to know:

  • It is easy to fail to acknowledge the connection between the physical and the emotional, especially where there’s a cycle of abuse.
  • Do not use deficient means of coping with a breakup such as a rebound sex or heavy drinking.
  • Acknowledge your feelings and have your close family and friends walk with you through your emotional or physical healing.

The ideal is to fall in love with the right person, to be cherished, loved, and appreciated. However, you may find that every relationship you get into turns out the same way: abusive. And even though you know that you should leave, you find a reason to stay and make things better. According to psychologist Dr. Chris Hart, you may be staying because you need the relationship too much, feel dependent, guilty about leaving, or fearful. In addition, your series of abusive relationships may have numbed you such that you no longer see the emotional and physical pain and injury.

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