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Rihanna returns to Chris Brown's side

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She's one of the most famous victims of domestic violence and a role model to millions of young people, but is pop star Rihanna setting a dangerous example by going back to the man who beat her?

Singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna. When he showed up for his most recent court appearance, she was right there by his side. They're a famous couple in a situation that's not so unusual.

"It doesn't matter what your culture is, what your background is, how much money you have, where you live. These are issues that impact everybody. When we look at Hillsborough County, it has 7,500 arrests for domestic violence and most victims don't call the police," explained Nikki Daniels of the Family Justice Center.

LINK: Chris Brown returns to court

Inside the doors of the Family Justice Center, the lobby is bulletproof. It's needed protection for a safe haven in a community that's seen three domestic-violence related deaths in the headlines during the past two weeks.

"We really need to be able to respond to these homicides in our community and learn how to stop that ending from happening," Daniels said.

Rihanna's relationship with her abuser sparks a discussion.

"When you look at how violent that attack was, I think Rihanna is at huge risk," Daniels said.

LINK: Rihanna admits dating Chris Brown, says it's her mistake to make

It also outrages young women like Moore. She's seen firsthand one of her friends restart a relationship with a guy known to hit.

"(It's) telling young women that guys can hit them, cuss them, disrespect them and girls will take them back," she said.

According to the Family Justice Center, people who abuse their partner can change, but the relationship rarely does. They say it's very, very rare for that change to ever happen with the same partner.

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