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Beyond the Headlines of Domestic Violence

The breaking graphic video of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée sent a ripple of anger as the country became a bystander to the horrific reality of violence. A gut-reaction that something had to be done, consequences dealt and healing given, took hold of many. The explosion following the video led to criticism in the media spotlight of the handling of domestic violence issues. Institutional failure of the NFL and the mixed messaging of staying vs. leaving domestic abuse situations have led to controversy over the reality behind the psychological effects of abuse and the…

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