The outpouring of responses has made two things abundantly clear: 1. There is no one answer to the question, "Why did you/do you stay?" and 2. That should not be the question we ask victims.
Even if it were easy to "just leave" -- which it is not -- doing so certainly doesn't ensure a battered woman's safety. The Atlantic cites a staggering statistic: A victim of intimate partner violence is 75 percent more likely to be murdered if she attempts to leave.