Some reasons why women in abusive relationships don’t break away from abusive men:

Because they have a roof over their head and food. They don’t have a job, job skills, money including rent, or a credit card.

Mothers allow men to move in because some haven’t had their needs met. Those include economic needs, a relationship or drugs.

Many of these men have limited skills and education.

You may be a victim of abuse if you’re in a relationship with someone who:

Controls finances so you have to ask for money.

Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you.

Acts jealous or possessive or accuses you of being unfaithful.

Tries to control how you spend time, who you see or talk to, where you go or what you wear.

Wants you to get permission to make everyday decisions.

Gets angry when drinking alcohol or using drugs.

Scares you by driving recklessly.

Threatens to kill himself or herself.

Indicators of physical child abuse:

Unexplained, chronic or repeated bruising.

Unexplained burns.

Unexplained or repeated injuries.

Extreme behaviors such as withdrawal, aggression and regression.

Excessive fear of the parent or caregiver.

Unusual shyness, wariness or physical contact.

Attempt to hide injuries.

Excessive crying.

Anti-social behavior such as substance abuse, truancy or running away.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, Prevent Child Abuse, Ohio; Patricia Porter of Someplace Safe, Marcia Tiger of Trumbull County Children Services, Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County forensic pathologist.

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