Maybe you know someone who is (or who has been) a victim of domestic violence. The person could be your mother, grandmother, friend, cousin or even your father. Or maybe you yourself are a victim of domestic violence. The reasons why people stay in such situations are often multilayered and complex. They can also be practical. After all, an illegal immigrant who is being abused may fear deportation if he or she leaves. Who knows what extents the abuser may go to?