Religious and cultural peer pressure is a reality in domestic violence situations. The pastor who married my current (non-abusive) husband and I said that he had never had a couple divorce that he had married. Imagine if my current husband was abusive and I had been told this little tidbit of information. I would have done everything in my power not to break this pastor's winning streak. Hmmmmm, I would have actually stayed in an abusive relationship so as not to hurt someone else's feelings. That's a reality. That's a fact. There are many persons that stay in relationships because their religion or their culture does not believe in divorce, no matter what. The saying, "you made your bed, now you have to lie in it" is a factual reality that some cultures live by. For all of those that think, "why does she/he stay in an abusive relationship", there are those who equally believe the opposite. The opposite being, there must be something that he/she is doing in the relationship that is causing the abuse. In other words, victim blaming. Until society can address all of the lies that surround domestic violence, we will never work towards eradicating it.