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Rihanna and Domestic Violence: How We Are Messing Up a Teachable Moment

Rihanna's abuse has sparked a national discussion about domestic violence. Unfortunately, most of it is offensive and unproductive.

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Judy Yupcavage, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said research shows that recession and unemployment don't cause spousal abuse by themselves, but they exacerbate situations where violence already is a factor.

"It's important to emphasize that violent people don't get a pass on this behavior because of a bad economy," she said.

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