Traditionally, intimate partners and family members are the first ones we seek to confide in when confronted with problems. However, statistically in the United States intimate partners and family members are often part of the problem of domestic violence. According to the National Institute of Justice, approximately 1.3 million women and more than 800,000 men are abused by their partners every year.
As a nation we tend to pay close attention to sensitive topics once a national tragedy or high-profile case is thrust into the national spotlight. Cases involving Janay and Ray Rice forced the NFL, one of the more powerful sports leagues, to take a stand against violence committed by its employees and fans. Even though this NFL case allowed for greater public discourse around domestic violence, many victims are silenced and linger in perpetual isolation.