Rice Assault Case Illustrates Complex Psychology Of Women Abused By Men


After football star Ray Rice's contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Janay Palmer Rice became the nation’s most famous battered wife, a fierce defender of her husband and, to domestic violence experts and survivors, an extraordinarily public example of the complex psychology of women abused by men, reports the New York Times. “Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is,” she posted on her Instagram account. Her post implied that the assault was taken out of context, and it is not clear she views herself as a victim of abuse. Thousands of others, including domestic violence survivors and the therapists who counsel them, have drawn upon their own experiences to answer why Ms. Rice would stand by her husband after he struck her with such force that she collapsed, unconscious.

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