More women seeking help out of abusive relationships

Ray and Shanay Rice

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The release of the Ray Rice video is bringing the issue of domestic violence to the forefront. Tuesday, social media exploded with stories of women who have been victims of domestic violence.

The hashtag “why I stayed” was trending on twitter, along with the hashtag “why I left.”

Experts in the state say their domestic violence shelters are almost at capacity and with news topping headlines, more women and men in the state are seeking help.  It’s difficult to watch and for some it’s difficult to understand why after this happened Janay Rice stayed with her then NFL fiance Ray Rice.

LINK: Ravens dump Rice; Video appears to show him striking fiancee

“I think she shouldn’t, no because he’s going to do it again,” said Angel Banks, New Haven.

“I think it’s very sad and we need to address it early on,” said Warren Surprenent, New Haven.

Janay took to Instagram today saying to the media:

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels.”

“Quite often a victim of domestic violence doesn’t want the relationship to end, they want the violence to stop,” said Karen Jarmoc, Exec. Dir. CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She says since these terrible surveillance video surfaced, they’ve had more people in the state calling their hotline trying to get out of abusive relationships.

“There is hope that things will change and the NFL given its viewer base has such a strong opportunity to change culture around domestic violence,” said Jarmoc.

Jarmoc says they NFL and Baltimore Ravens could have acted earlier when the first video came out. But she hopes this will not only help the Rice family, but others who could be in similar situations.

“It’s been such a horrible thing for everyone to see but on the flip-side of that it’s created a lot of public dialogue,” said Jarmoc.

If you’re experiencing any sort of abuse from your partner and you want to talk with someone or get help, call the domestic violence hotline at 888-774-2900.

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