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The challenge of understanding domestic abuse

The CCTV video clip showing American football star Ray Rice flooring his fiancée with a single blow in an Atlantic City casino elevator, has put domestic abuse back at the top of the news agenda.

1 October 2014

The case, from earlier this year, gathered fresh momentum when shocking footage from a security camera inside the elevator emerged and went viral online.

It not only shows the ‘behind closed doors’ brutality of domestic abuse, but it also illustrates the unpredictability and complexity
of domestic abuse cases.

One moment, victim Janay Palmer was lying face down and stone cold, being dragged limp and unresponsive out of the elevator by her attacker. Within weeks she had married him and was robustly defending him via social media following disclosure of the CCTV evidence.

While the surroundings were plush, and the suspect a $7m a year sports celebrity, experienced lawyers will recognise a cl...

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