ATTLEBORO - With news of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL after video of a domestic violence incident was released, it is clear that domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere.
"Hopefully, people will recognize this happens across all classes and in every demographic. It's an urban problem, a rural problem, a suburban problem and an upper class problem. It cuts across all facets," said Marcia Szymanski, interim director for New Hope.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. About 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
Szymanski said cases that receive publicity can prompt others to seek help.
"Whenever something makes the news like this, we do see an increase in people calling. It does create heightened awareness," she said.
Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended from the NFL after a grainy video was released by TMZ Sports showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
The video shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing.
Rice had been suspended for two games by the NFL in July for domestic violence, a punishment that received widespread criticism in different circles.
"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."
The 27-year-old Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.