The most frequently asked question concerning a battering situation is why does the victim stay? While there exists a variety of reasons, it is also very possible the victim may be locked into a cycle of violence. Below are some of the most common reasons why victims stay with the batterers.
The Stockholm or “Hostage” Syndrome
Many women feel locked into a “hostage” syndrome and thus continue to remain in an abusive relationship. The victim of domestic violence:
Symptoms and reactions are common and an important part of initial adjustment and later recovery
Some batterers are life endangering. It is possible to evaluate whether a batterer is likely to kill his partner, other family members, and/or others attempting intervention. The following are indicators often used in making an assessment of a batterer’s potential to kill.