Jay Smooth and Elizabeth Berry Discuss Domestic Violence In the Industry

Some time after Big Punisher passed away in 2000 an article by Elizabeth Mendez Berry surfaced in VIBE magazine, in which the celebrated MC was revealed to have beaten his wife Liza Rios with a lead pipe for not changing his beeper's battery. As expected, the journo received plenty of criticism, not only for "defaming" the late rapper's legacy but also for having the guts to expose intimate partner violence within the Hip Hop industry. In the video below, Jay Smooth interviews Berry about her article as it relates to the current situation involving Rihanna and Chris Brown. As evidenced by much of the reaction across blogs as well as within the celebrity industrial complex, the victims are often shamed, blamed and guilted into silence as their famous attackers continue to be lauded and apologized for. 
Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide (pdf) [NCJRS]
National Domestic Violence Hotline [NDVH]
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community [IDVAAC]
Women of Color Against Violence [INCITE]

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6 Responses

  1. Very good interview. It was quite chilling to be honest. Not the fact that abuse takes place, but the angry reactions toward the victims. What's even more disturbing is the court system which usually takes the side of the abuser(especially if it's a husband). The victim is left out in the cold in so many ways.

  2. i'm very glad you decided to share this. i have it up on my personal blog as well. for all of the BS Chris Brown/Rihanna postings in the blogosphere, it's great that SoulBounce is taking the opportunity to share some valuable information and resources.

  3. I think the mixed reaction against the victims may be from a perception that beyond that first punch, they're complicit in their own victimhood if they stay around, and recognition that, pound for pound, women can do a lot of real damage too. Women and men (there's a huge taboo on even discussing female on male violence), need to find a way to walk away from abuse, one-sided or mutual, 'fix' or habit. It takes two. This was a thoughtful conversation and I'm really happy that you posted it.

  4. Truth is truth. She brought the truth in VIBE and people ran from it. Now we're seeing so soon afterwards with Chris Brown and Rihanna - the same challenges. C'mon people - regardless of what Chris Brown actually did, men shouldn't hit women. Period.

    Muslim man beheads his wife last Thursday after he was served divorce papers. Couple had 4 children. The children in hostile house holds are being terrorized. We've got to love our children better.

  6. hey i just saw this because i was reading the comments on the ghost face post, thanks for a thoughtful article on DV.
    @nonplussed: "they're complicit in their own victimhood" ... folks in abusive relationships deal with power and control bigger than "just" physical violence, and that's usually what keeps them. abusive partners will often systematically convince folks that they are worthless, that no one else will want them or that no one will believe them. folks who end up in abusive relationships may have said that same stuff you are saying before it happened.
    and this goes for all people who are abused. abuse happens in same-gender couples at about the same rate that it does in straight couples. yes, in hetero relationships it is usually women who are abused. however its worth mentioning some men do get abused by their female partners -- but the same tactics that folks (typically men) use to minimize the blame of the perpetrator in relationship violence, like "it takes two," stops men from reporting just as it stops women.
    folks in abusive relationships need a listening ear, and support in whatever they decide to do. sometimes leaving an abusive relationship without being prepared can be more harmful than staying in it until they're ready.
    please keep talking about this. one in four women experience domestic violence in their life time. one in four queer people experience domestic violence in their life time too.


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