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Rihanna www.rihannanow.comJust as ordinary people suffer domestic violence, so do many celebrities.

The recent incident between Rihanna and Chris Brown brought that fact back into the public eye recently.

Brown plead guilty to one count of felony assault in the February attack on Rihanna after the couple left a Grammy party and fought over a text message.After viewing the photos of Rihanna's bruised and battered face, most assumed he would be facing a certain jail sentence.

June 22, 2009 Judge Patricia Schnegg gave Brown six months of "community labor",but no time behind bars .

He will also be on probation for five years and will have to attend anger management classes.

It is reported that Rihanna approved of the plea.The fact that Brown has escaped serving any prison time has women's advocates worried that young men will get the wrong message about the severity of abuse.

The National Organization for Women President, Kim Gandy said in a statement, "Even Paris Hilton got more jail time!" "Young girls and boys watching this unfold on TV will see that men who commit violence against women practically go scot-free." Leslie Morgan Steiner Author of Crazy LoveSteiner :" Here's what I want to say to everyone who is obsessed with Chris Brown and Rihanna, including Oprah, Dr.

Phil, The New York Times, The Washington Post, TMZ, and the other 34 million Google hits on their names: Thank you! Shining a spotlight on abusive violence is good for everyone.

Abuse is a crime.

If you are being abused, you need help immediately — and you need to end the abusive relationship.

Our society and criminal justice system need to hold abusers responsible for their actions, and stop further abuse."Steiner: " Batterers are criminals, but they are real people — not villains.

We would never fall in love with them, or trust them with our love, in the first place if they were so obviously horrific.

I'm not defending batterers — they need to come clean and take responsibility for their actions and their treatment, and you should never stay with an abusive man, no matter how much good you see in him, and how much you feel you love him.

But it's destructive for our society to paint a batterer in black and white terms.

The hidden message perversely blames the victim: "How could she have fallen in love with such an awful man?" The truth is far more complex and dangerous." Pop Diva Rihanna and Chris Brown are not the only celebrities to be involved in a domestic dispute.

The late Ike Turner, husband of singer Tina Turner, was said to be one of the most famous abusive husbands in history.

After a violent argument before an appearance in Dallas in July 1976, Tina abruptly left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than thirty-six cents and a gas-station credit card.

She spent the next few months hiding from him while staying with various friends.

Her divorce was finalized in 1978 after sixteen years of marriage.

She later accused husband Ike of years of severe spousal abuse and rampant drug addiction in her autobiography " I, Tina".

It was later adapted for the film "What's Love Got to Do with It?".

She parted ways with him, retaining only her stage name, and assuming responsibility for the debts incurred by the canceled tour as well as a significant IRS lien.

Country singer Tammy Wynette is also said to have suffered abuse at the hands of her husband George Richey.

After her fifth wedding Wynette was allegedly abducted and severely beaten.

No suspects were ever identified, and years later the story was re-told by Wynette's daughter Jackie in "Tammy Wynette: A Daughter Recalls Her Mother's Tragic Life and Death".

The book was written in 2000, and she states that the abduction was a story made up as an attempt to cover up a severe beating that had in fact been administered by her husband Richey.

Another couple with a stormy relationship is basketball star Dennis Rodman and actress Carmen Elektra.They were married in Las Vegas in November 1998, only days after their wedding, Rodman announced he was seeking an annulment.

He claimed he was of "unsound mind" when he recited his vows.The two celebrities were arrested after they had a fight at a Miami Beach hotel.

Miami Police said the couple who both suffered only minor injuries, were both charged with battery and domestic violence.They were held in Miami-Dade County Jail's domestic violence unit for several hours before being released on $2,500 bail each and ordered to stay at least 150 meters from each other.

Country singer Mindy McCready shocked her family and fans by "standing by her man" William McKnight after he allegedly beat her.

Her family was "afraid for her life" and could not contact her.Mc Cready: None of that reflects my opinion," the 29-year-old singer said after a Times reporter read her the statement.

"I love Billy very much.

He beat me up badly and my family's upset about it.

They don't want us to reconcile." One of the most tragic outcomes of a celebrity home experiencing domestic violence is the case of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Nicole Simpson's friends and relatives say she was dependent, both emotionally and financially, on her wealthy and handsome husband OJ Simpson .

In the 1992 divorce papers, she testified that he often told her what to wear and how to look.

Theirs was a passionate and tempestuous relationship.

There were public screaming matches, often triggered by Nicole's anger over her husband's extramarital activities.

She made at least nine 911 calls to obtain police help and on one occasion in 1989 he battered and bruised her to the point that she needed medical treatment.

After a separation from husband OJ Simpson, she was found murdered on June 13, 1994 in the home along with her friend Ronald Goldman Pop Star Christina Aguilera has often spoken publicly about the abuse she and her mother suffered at the hands of her father, Fausto Aguilera.

She has written a song called "I'm Okay," in which she describes a little girl "living in a war that she called home."Aguilera : "Every time my father's fist would put her in her place/Hearing all the yelling I would cry up in my room/Hoping it would be over soon.""It's one of the most personal songs I've ever done,It pinpoints what my mom went through and what I went through.

It's been really therapeutic for me.""Shelters are so important.

I've seen that in my life firsthand, and I always thought that if I was ever in a position to make a difference, I wanted to do something to help,""And for me, this is just the beginning.

It's important to get the word out about domestic violence and its effects.""It's about giving back," added her mother, who credited therapy and education about domestic violence with helping her gain independence.

"I've been there and I want women in this situation to not be afraid to speak out, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, a whole new life that's better than you even imagined." If you, or someone you know are a victim of domestic abuse call:National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Education:Abuse is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another.

Battering is a behavior that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents a partner from doing what they wish or forces them to behave in ways they do not want.Battering includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.

It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.

Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.If you think you might be in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or your local domestic violence center to talk with someone about it.Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Virgin Islands.

Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.

If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic

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