Attorneys and other professionals need to know that the reasons children may want to be with an abusive parent may be based on attachment issues, feelings of shame, psychobiology, and a lack of understanding that they are even in an abusive situation.
Pollack, D. & Radcliffe, S. (2021, July 5). Why some children want to stay with their abusive parents. New Jersey Law Journal, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352996008_Why_Some_Children_Want_to_Stay_With_Their_Abusive_Parents
*This is contructed from limited avaiable data and may be imprecise.