This is the question that is asked time and time again to domestic violence victims.
People who have not suffered from domestic violence may believe that leaving is easy and effective in stopping domestic violence situations, but all too often the leaving can either be too difficult or not the end of the nightmare.
Domestic violence is not simply the physical abuse that victims suffer, but the psychological damage also hinders a victim’s ability to just get up and leave.
Often the psychological abuse starts before the physical, with the perpetrator knocking the victim’s self-esteem and self-worth.
The perpetrator may make the victim feel it is their fault and that they are sorry after the incidents and promise it won’t happen again. The victim may stay in the belief that their partner will change and the situation will get better.
Some may have tried to leave only to find they are hounded and harassed or shown the side of their partner they loved in the first place. And some may simply feel they have not got the energy to leave, or it is simpler and easier if they stay.
Let’s us also not forget that some victims will have children with abusive partners therefore they may feel that they have no way out.
‘Why don’t you just leave’ or ‘why did you not just leave’ seems like silly question now doesn’t it?
One of the things domestic violence victims need is support and advice in an easily accessible way to ensure they can get help as soon as they call for it.
At Swain & Co. this means we have a drop in service every weekday from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. at 3-5 South Street, Havant and we have a 24hour emergency text or call line.
We can help you NOW by obtaining Court orders to protect you and your children.
Call our team of specialist Solicitors on 02392 492967
Or text our 24/7 emergency telephone number on: 07435 969798