So far many hubbers responding are saying "No, never." However, I have met numerous women who do stay with an abusive spouse despite the safe houses. I find this incredible. Once I asked a woman why she stayed with a man who regularly beat her to a pulp. "Where else do I go?" she said. "What can I do?"
And this would make an excellent hub. What can an abused woman do when she feels she has no options? Many of these women I talked to had no job skills; most had very low self-esteem. Almost all had children. Another woman had a boyfriend who regularly beat her. She was a beautiful woman and could have left at anytime and had another BF overnight. But she chose to stay because of her strong emotional attachment to the abuser.
Common sense says "No, never." But for lots of women it just ain't that easy.