Try some of the fo llowing links for information:
Physical and emotional abuse is ignorance can be related to a number of factors.
- cultural expectations
*e.g. perhaps women are not encouraged to speak up, and the idea of abuse is supposed to be silenced
- personal experiences
* e.g. they may have gone through physical and emotional abuse many times already (e.g. childhood abuse, intimate relationships, parental abuse etc.) and have normalised the idea
*e.g. they've been threatened, don't want to cause problems for the relationship/s, they believe they are at fault for the abuse
- no social support/don't know where to seek help
*e.g. they depend on their partner, and don't have anywhere to turn
of course there are many other factors that drive a person to not address their abuse, but these are a few examples you might want to look into further.
as for importance of support:
e.g. it allows them a sense of safety, encouragement to speak up, information (to understand why it's okay to ask for help), self-esteem/confidence boost. etc.
as above, these are only a few examples you might want to look up (: