Published: May 31, 2013 10:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2013 9:14 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL--Many might ask why didn't Bonnie Hohensee simply leave her violent husband, Arthur.

We spoke to the Abuse Counseling and Treatment center who says most of the time in domestic violence, the abuser will put fear in their partner that makes them think twice about walking away.

"It could be anything from the abuser hurting the children, taking the children away, leaving them with nothing, hurting them, killing them even or destroying the house or their home. things of that nature," said ACT's Christine Coby.

ACT also says if you are planning to leave a violent relationship to always have a plan.

They provide a 24 hour hotline for domestic violence.

The number for the hotline is 239-939-3112.