By Paul Schmitt
Victims of domestic abuse will more often than not, remain in a relationship after numerous incidents despite the risk to their health and well-being. Help of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman states that statistics show that it takes at least eight incidents before someone will decide to leave an abusive situation. Vickman says there are a variety of reasons the abused person does not leave.
Vickman also says the abused person may still loves the abuser and believes they will change. “Gas Lighting” is a behavior where the victim is tricked into believing the abusive behavior is normal and that it is their behavior that is wrong. Financial, religious or a lack of self-esteem issues can also lead to not reporting domestic abuse cases, according to Vickman. For information on assistance offered by Help of Door County, go to www.helpofdoorcounty.org