Additionally, in some cultures women feel pressured to keep problems within the home and to keep the family together at all costs.
Women of color may not view the criminal justice system as a source of help.
Now I was made to feel ugly, unintelligent, unworthy of any love, God's or man's. Abusive men come from all economic classes, races, religions, and occupations.
They believe that they have a right to use violence; they are also rewarded, that is, their behavior gives them power and control over their partner.
Even when domestic violence is reported, sometimes there are failures to protect victims adequately or to punish perpetrators. Men who batter learn to abuse through observation, experience, and reinforcement.