You don't have to say a word. She already knows he is bad news, but she loves him and honestly believes that he loves her. Doesn't he bring her flowers and tells her he loves her, that it will never happen again? And she believes him because she wants to believe. She wants to be loved, and she has a need TO love. Women as nurturers often find themselves saving relationships. He is just misunderstood, she says, no one ever loved him right, so he just doesn't know how. The list of excuses is endless,and the danger we see them in is very real.
What makes it even worse is that we see them repeating the pattern...over and over again...going from one abuser to the next, and each one worse then the last. They really believe that if they love him enough, they change him. More than likely you know someone, or suspect that someone, or even you yourself may be that someone who lives in an abusive home. Why do women choose men abusive men? There are many reasons.
Some women with extremely low self-esteem believe that THEY are at fault, that they are the ones to blame for abuse. Many have been brainwashed for so long that when he validates their own feelings of lack, they cling to him, needing that reminder of their lack of worth. They make every excuse under the sun for their partner and twist the truth around until it does appear that she is at fault, and when this continues to happen, over and over again, she eventually starts to believe it herself.
Women who grew up in abusive homes are also susceptible. They women reach adulthood believing that this type behavior is normal and acceptable. They've grown up watching their mother get hit and shoved around by their father...and saw that that they always made up, so she is more inclined to put up with the same kind of abuse. It is simply a matter of not knowing that is abnormal and should not be tolerated. In some of the saddest cases, there are women who deliberately seek out domineering men for there is something about being treated badly that satisfies some need within themselves. Perhaps they feel as if they deserve to be abused. Some women feel they may never be able to find someone better so they settle.
We can only hope and pray the day will come when they finally realize who they are and recognize their true value. Sometimes we reach out to help, and it backfires on us. I had a neighbor, a friend, and one day She was screaming and I found her husband with his hands around her throat. I called the police as she asked. She never spoke to me again after that day. So, what do we do? In the meantime, we must continue to remind them they are never alone. They are worthy of love, honor, and respect. Let them know that we may not love their choices, but we will always love them. Speak to them in a way that they know that regardless of what they may be feeling, they are loved, and that love should never hurt.