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ood evening all, During an abusive relationship, the victim will be cut off from support networks (family and friends) and financial resources by...

ood evening all, 

During an abusive relationship, the victim will be cut off from support networks (family and friends) and financial resources by their abusers. The psychological violence is clearly seen during this phase of the abuse. The abuser will tell their victim that they are the only one who care about them and if it was not for them then they would be nothing and have nothing.

           The abuser has grown up in an abusive home and will continue the cycle because this is how they were taught to show love or solve their problems. The abuse could start off as an accident but once they get the feeling of power over another person then they could become addicted to that feeling and strike at any time.

What happens when a victim has no one to turn to? They must look within their community for someone that can provide assistance with them leaving the abuser safely. The scariest time for a victim is when she decides to leave her abuser because the abuser is losing control over them. Zane (2005) writes, "The greatest weapon the oppressor ever has is the mind of the oppressed."

           In communities around the world, we have safe havens known has Domestic Violence Shelters. The first shelter was established in Hounslow, Great Britain in 1971 to offer unofficial refuge for domestic violence survivors (WAVE, 2010). In the opening, we spoke about Ashley finally deciding to leave her abusive husband to save her and her children lives.

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