Student Research Projects

Why Do Battered Women Stay?

Student Jennifer Wiscons
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Criminal Justice
Course SOC/CJ 418: Family Violence: Causes, Consequences & Responses


Intimate partner violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by one person to gain power and control over another. It may include the use of physical and sexual violence, verbal and emotional abuse, stalking, and economic abuse. Although male victims account for 15% of reported intimate partner violence, my video only focuses on women as victims. Society has a habit of putting the blame on the victim for staying with their abuser, so in this video I explore the ‘Cycle of Violence’ that most victims go through. Through pictures and text, I have created a video montage showing all the phases of the cycle: The abuse occurs, excuses follow, then the honeymoon phase leads back to the routine where tension builds and the abuse occurs again. This cycle is repeated until the victim is brainwashed into thinking the abuse is all her fault. We as a society should help these women and their families by escaping the emotional chains that keep them in this abusive relationship. I hope this video can be part of the change these women desperately need.