October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and while most women would agree that physical violence has no part in a love relationship, what are more subtle signs that you are not being treated well?
Kim Kardashian's ex-husband, Damon Thomas, blabbed his face off to In Touch this week, telling the magazine that his former wife is jealous of sisters Kourtney and Khloe and obsessed with plastic surgery. Next week we expect Damon to tell all about such hot topics as the pope's religion, where bears do their business, and what color the sky is.
After being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and world famous pop star Rihanna, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault charges. While the assault occurred back in February, not much was heard from Brown, apparently on the request of his lawyers, until now. Hollywood Life reported that the R&B singer issued a video apology where he accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and promised to take steps to ensure he does not repeat his abuse. Read: The Real Reason For Chris Brown's Apology It can be argued whether Brown's apology was sincere or whether it was just a ploy to win back fans, but the bigger question remains as to just how far does an apology go in a domestic violence situation. Rihanna had the means and capability of leaving Brown after he assaulted her, but many women who suffer from domestic abuse do not have the same power.
Men who batter rarely do it once, even if they are rich and famous. So if you're in a relationship with a guy who has pushed, hit or slapped you once, take it as a warning sign. You can expect him to do it again and again. Here's everything you need to know about batterers from domestic violence experts Diann Ackard, a PhD psychologist on the board of Break the Cycle, an organization specializing in the treatment of domestic abuse, and Candice Hopkins, director of Love is Respect, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
Raina al Baz was a pioneering young star of Saudi Arabian TV--until a beating from her husband nearly killed her. But she survived spousal abuse and is a champion for Muslim women's rights. In Paris, Olivia Snaije learns about al Baz's hidden life, her book, Disfigured, and her battle for Muslim women.