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Taylor Armstrong's Abuse: Russell Beat Her '20 Times'

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on September 22, 2011 1:23 PM

Taylor Armstrong's abuse at the hands of her late husband Russell will be the subject of two interviews set to air this week.

Speaking about Russell's August suicide, the Real Housewife of Beverly Hills revealed that she was physically abused at least 20 times during their marriage.

His attorney reminds the public that there are no medical or police reports to corroborate these allegations.

Taylor Armstrong told Entertainment Tonight that she did not report the abuse because she loved Russell and did not want him to be jailed.

She alleges that the abuse was at one point severe enough to fracture her face and cause brain damage. It also occurred while she was pregnant.

Domestic abuse does not discriminate on the basis of sex and income. Approximately 3 women and 1 man are murdered by their partners every day. This doesn't have to be the case.

A number of legal and non-legal options exist for victims of domestic abuse.

Local and regional organizations provide support groups, safe houses, relocation, employment and legal services. They can help victims request restraining orders, file for divorce, and obtain custody of children.

Victims can also easily file for a restraining order themselves.

State laws have also gotten tougher in the last 10 years. A number of statutes require law enforcement to arrest persons accused of domestic assault. Such arrests can provide an opportunity to leave, and evidence to support restraining orders.

Taylor Armstrong's abuse didn't kill her, but that doesn't mean abuse won't kill you or someone you love. Help exists.

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