WOMEN

The Economic Scars Of Domestic Abuse

Women shout slogans outside the city hall during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Romanian women gath
Women shout slogans outside the city hall during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Romanian women gathered in a protest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, demanding better support from the authorities for the victims of violence. Romania, a European Union member state, has no proper legal framework to combat domestic violence against women, with police unable to intervene if acts of violence take place inside a couple's home. Banner in foreground reads "You don't hit if you love"(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The financial damage done to those in violent relationships can last for years—another reason it's difficult for victims to just walk away.

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