You've probably seen the hashtags on social media: #whyistayed and #whyileft. They have to do with domestic violence. Pro football’s Ray Rice has been caught on video beating his fiancée. She’s now his wife.

“Women who leave their batterers are at 75 percent greater risk of being killed by their batterer than if they stayed,” says Angela Bertoni, chief executive of a Springfield women’s shelter. Other reasons include fear of losing all financial security and a desire to keep their family together. Or, says Bertoni, they may simply still be in love.


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The Rice case is catching attention because it was captured on video, and because the National Football League initially suspended him for two games before he was eventually cut by his team and kicked out of the league indefinitely.

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