NEW HYDE PARK, NY – A New York health psychologist says women such as Janay Rice, whose husband Ray Rice was dropped by the Baltimore Ravens after a video of his attack on her was made public, may have many reasons to support their loved ones after they are abused.
The latest chapter in this saga is word that a former FBI director is now looking into the National Football League’s handling of the incident.
Emotional and financial dependence may play a role in whether women support their loved one after being hurt as well as custody of children, says Jessy Warner-Cohen, PhD, health psychologist at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Approximately 10 million Americans, both men and women, are abused each year, Dr. Warner-Cohen says.
If you know someone who is being abused, it is important to remain available for that person, she says.
“Even though it may seem like the person is trying to push you away, stay close to them because they’re going to need a lot of friends and support,” Dr. Warner-Cohen says. “Help the person create a safety plan so if they’re in a dangerous situation, how would that person get out of their home or the situation.”