Most of you have already seen the violent video involving NFL star Ray Rice and his then fiancée Janay Palmer. This video and the NFL's response to Mr. Rice's obvious and callous violence against his wife, has elevated a national and local conversation about domestic abuse. Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person who is an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. When this control turns into physical abuse, it's called domestic violence.
According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: on average, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
Abusers use fear, guilt, shame and intimidation to wear you down and to ultimately control your behavior. Whether you are male or female and you find yourself in this type of abusive relationship you must take action and remove yourself from this situation.
If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, there are organizations and hotlines that are available to help.