The recent domestic violence scandals plaguing the NFL have led powerful leaders to speak out against the injustice of domestic violence. The commander in chief of the world’s most powerful army was no exception. At the 57th annual Grammy Awards, telecast Sunday, February 8, 2015, Mr. Obama intervened with a powerful message via video communication: “It’s not Ok, and it has to stop,” said the president. Mr. Obama pointed out in front of millions of viewers that one in four women have been victims of domestic violence, and one in five of sexual assault. He urged artists and viewers to support the Obama administration’s “It’s On Us” initiative, a group committed to fighting sexual violence on college campuses.

Domestic violence is a serious issue in the American family unit. A vast majority of domestic cases tend to involve women as the prosecutor and men as the defendant. However, some cases operate vice-versa. Usually, domestic violence cases are extremely complex and complicated. Sometimes victims lash out in the heat of the moment, only to forgive their spouse amidst unfortunate legal charges. Indeed, the decision to press domestic violence charges falls on the police after assessing the situation. That is why it is important only to involve law enforcement when absolutely necessary.

We realize though that domestic violence can be devastating to the victim. Many fear the retribution of their spouse. Moreover, it can be complicated when the offending spouse is manipulative, and threatens to add more violence to his reign of terror. In this case it can be argued that a form of psychological abuse is perpetrated. Indeed, the offending spouse intends harm even before he lays a hand on his victim. If you are the victim of an abusive partner, call a professional immediately to receive care and help.