1 in 4 women will be abused by a domestic partner. It happens every 9 seconds.
These statistics were brought to light as the controversy surrounding former NFL running back Ray Rice continues to swell. Today, his wife, the woman punched unconscious in the infamous elevator video, addressed the public via social media.
Janay Palmer says the video is destroying their lives and has left them feeling alone and embarrassed. She is largely blaming the public and the media for the pain she says they are forced to relive over and over again.
Palmer said "to take something away from the man I love that he has worked his *blank* off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow and show the world what real love is."
Kathy Doherty from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's network says that what is happening with Rice and Palmer is the root of the problem in so many abusive relationships.
"She loves him. When we do, we believe things will change,” Doherty said.
She believes it’s probably been going on in former Baltimore Ravens running back relationship with Palmer long before that brutal punch was thrown inside an Atlantic City hotel elevator last February.
When a woman pulls herself out of the abusive relationship, Doherty says, that is when she is most susceptible to getting physically hurt or even killed.