chapter  1
Family Violence and the Life-Course Perspective
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The evening before the Grammy Awards were being held in 2009, police responded to a situation in which crooner Chris Brown was accused of assaulting a woman who was initially labeled as an anonymous victim. Eventually, word spread that the anonymous victim was, in fact, Rihanna-one of the most beloved singers of her generation. While the dynamics surrounding her case may seem unique, in reality the patterns illustrate several common patterns found in domestic violence cases.