Why do we stay in abusive relationships?

Thabang Tlaka, clinical psychologist, says people stay because of unmet needs and anxiety; finding something that kind of stabilises the situation for a while or for the moment.

JOHANNESBURG - We know that abuse can be physical, mental, emotional, verbal and sexual. But why do people stay in abusive relationships and why does someone abuse someone else?

Thabang Tlaka, clinical psychologist, says people stay because of unmet needs and anxiety; finding something that kind of stabilises the situation for a while or for the moment.

"If you grew up in an abusive home, that is what you know, so they struggle to come out of those situations. Not knowing what to do, the shame and fearing the unknown."

Tlaka says we all have the need to be loved and cherished, so sometimes we settle for an inappropriate kind of love or attention.

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