Abused followers would often be better off if they were able to end the abusive relationship. Yet, doing so can be extremely difficult and many people end up being trapped at work with an abusive supervisor. In this paper, we (Kimberley Breevaart, Barbara Wisse, & Birgit Schyns) examine what makes it so hard for followers to leave and as such, what enables the abuse to continue over time. Specifically, we address barriers that prevent followers from escaping an abusive supervisory relationship on a societal (e.g., laws), organizational (e.g., organizational policies and practices), and personal level (e.g., beliefs and values), and explain how these barriers can be overcome. Boudewijn Wisse designed the model.