Hope - finished size 16" by 16".
Abuse victims can feel isolated and helpless. One of my friends who has escaped two abusive relationships told me, "If you don't have hope, you don't have anything."
After an extended period of abuse it can be very difficult for the victim and his or her family to have any hope. Hope for a world without abuse is often what motivates advocates to work in shelters, answer hotline calls, lobby politicians for protective legislation, and teach others about healthy relationships.
Read more about some of the common abusive behaviors here.
If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse here are some things you can do to help. The most important thing to remember is that the choice to leave or not is theirs. You can't make them leave a bad situation but you can be supportive and helpful in their choice. They will need someone they can count on when/if they do decide to end or leave the abusive relationship.