Dr. Jenn explains the cycle of violence in response to Ray Rice video

A well-known marriage and family therapist, Dr. Jenn Berman got her start working for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women as a rape and battery hotline counselor training people, visiting hospitals and counseling victims.

In light of the recent Ray Rice video in which the Baltimore Ravens’ running back is seen punching out his then-fiancee in an elevator, Dr. Berman explains the cycle of violence, why battered women stay and the serious risks they face leaving.

1) Tension Building Phase
“The woman is walking on eggshells and senses ‘something’s coming. He’s gonna blow … what do I have to do to try to make it so that this doesn’t happen.'”

2) The violent episode

3) The Honeymoon Stage
“The batterer is sweet and apologetic and ‘I’m so sorry,’ ‘I’ll never do it again.’ And sometimes there’s jewelry and there’s flowers like the guy she fell in love with. And she thinks he’s really never gonna do it again,” Dr. Berman says. But he does.

“What happens is, this cycle of violence happens over and over and over again,” Dr. Berman said. Who then goes on to explain ‘learned helplessness’ and how that conditions a woman to stay. Plus, the scary statistics of the risks women face even if they do find the courage to leave.”

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