My prayers and deepest sympathy are with Angela Harrison today. Her asshole husband killed all five of her children, and then himself, because she said she was leaving him.
This, dear reader, should once and for all clear up the question, "Why doesn't she just leave?"
Because this shit can happen, and many many women are in a situation of being threatened with it. He says, "I'll kill the kids" or "I'll kill your dog" or "I'll kill your parents" or "I'll kill all your friends" or "I'll hunt you down and make you pay for the rest of your days and then I'll kill you".
Ask yourself something next time you wonder why some woman doesn't leave an abusive relationship. How easily could you disappear tomorrow? Without credit cards. I mean disappear. No contact with your friends, your family, your job. With no money. And could you do it with your kids and pets? Or would you have to leave them behind? And if you could get out of there, would it haunt you every day of your life, wondering if he was still looking for you? Wondering if he'd made good on his promises to hurt the people you love?
And after all that, remember that this woman has likely been told over and over that she is no good without the man, that she can't survive without him, that she's worthless, and that she needs a man (especially that man) to survive. Lemme tell ya, someone tells you that over and over, you WILL eventually believe him.
So now, you're broke, alone, scared for your safety, the safety of your friends and family, and you believe that you're worthless. Why leave? Why not just stay and suck it up to protect your family, after all, you're the worthless one, right?
My prayers go out to people in abusive situations. May you find the strength, support and resources to get out. And may you have better luck than Angela Harrison.