Begin slideshow star Sarah Hyland got a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Matthew Prokop, with whom she split in August.
In court documents, the actress claims Prokop slammed her against a car and called her the c-word, then choked her, telling authorities, "His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak.
That said, Janay Rice is under a lot of media scrutiny right now for marrying the Baltimore Ravens star, and it's a bit unfair to criticize her for it.
The cycle of abuse is a complex and thorny one, and her detractors are pretty much only showing their own ignorance of how domestic violence and abuse — which includes mental, physical, emotional and psychological damage — really works.
When I'm ready to talk about my abusive past I will, I'm sorry that I'm not.
But if it wasn't for [God], I wouldn't be here."Chris Brown infamously battered Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys.
It seems like the NFL, a sport in which jacked dudes tackle one another for a living, is rife with domestic violence and spousal abuse these days.
Reality star Tamar Braxton opened up about an abusive relationship in her past before meeting husband Vince Hebert.
Let their stories inspire you, whether it's to leave an abusive situation or to just feel less alone.
And if you or someone close to you is a victim of domestic violence, get help here or call 1-800-799-7233.
"I almost had to tell my story to each individual and then I decided that’s not what I'm going to do," Braxton told .
"I can't make anybody believe, I can't change anybody's mind about anything. I'm not all the way comfortable with sharing a lot of what happened to me (yet), but what I said was true.