Chris Brown’s Family History Of Domestic Violence

Before last Sunday, Chris Brown seemed like the rags-to-riches poster child. He popped and locked his way into the hearts of American women, and his baby face seemed to reveal a gentle and fun nice guy on the inside. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of him scowling or not having fun. But we all know looks are deceiving and a person’s past is much more telling…
Chris Brown explained to Giant magazine how he witnessed his stepfather violently abusing his mother, that he was petrified of him, and that he specifically remembered one night when his stepfather hit his mother causing her nose to bleed. He said he promised his mother when he was 11 that he would kill her abusive husband by the time he turned 15. “I just want you to know that I love you,” he told her. “But I’m gonna take a baseball bat one day while you at work, and I’m gonna kill him.”

Although a young Brown viewed himself as his mother’s protector, could his witnessing of her abuse have helped turn him into the aggressor in the alleged assault that took place over the weekend? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners when they become men.

Other Domestic Violence Facts from NCADV

  • One in every four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.
  • Women who are 20 to 24 years old [Note: Rihanna is about to turn 21.] are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.