While we rely on psychologists, seasoned social workers, and domestic violence experts to directly address the physical, emotional and spiritual turmoil domestic abuse can cause, as advocates for clients fleeing domestic abuse we’d like to share a message that speaks to the most common question people ask involving domestic abuse: “Why does she stay with her abuser?”

A Harvard and Wharton Business School graduate moving up the ranks at Fortune 500 companies is hardly the type of person someone might assume falls into the psychological trap of an abusive dynamic, but at 22-years old, this was Leslie Morgan Steiner’s story.

This engaging Tedx speaker corrects misconceptions in hopes to recognize the early subtle signs of violence and reveal how abuse thrives in silence.

Watch the 15-minute address here.