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Breaking the abuse cycle

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - Oprah is speaking out in the domestic abuse case that has captured the attention of the country. Last week performer Chris Brown was charged with felony counts of assault for allegedly severely beating his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, earlier this month. Also last week, news emerged that the two young stars might be trying to meet and reconcile. Oprah used her show on Friday to speak directly to the couple.

The entertainment news shows have been following the story for weeks - a beautiful bright young star, reportedly beaten up, by her young, clean cut boyfriend. Over and over, young girls are hearing details of the fight, and hearing about a possible reconciliation.

Kristi Prior said it is all setting a very poor example.

"[It's a poor example] especially to young people who probably look up to Chris Brown and Rihanna," said Kristi Prior, a domestic violence legal advocate. "With her going back and say[ing] this is ok, then it sends them the message that it's ok. It's not cool and it's not ok and it's going to get worst."

For nearly 14 years, Kristi has worked at the Henderson Crisis Center, trying to help victims of domestic violence. Even today...

"I've had five women come to my door, all before noon and on Friday," said Kristi. "It was increasingly busy and it's like wow, what is going on?"

Statistics show one in every four women will experience some sort of domestic violence in her lifetime, but what is really important is how they deal with it; how they stop the cycle of violence.

"It will happen again," said Kristi. "Violence is a learned behavior and it has to be learned. Just because he's only hit you once and it hasn't happen again in six months, more than likely its going to happen again."

If you know of some one in an abusive relationship just go to our home page and click on the Big Red Box, then the title "Domestic violence help."

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