Sadly, the type of abuse that was caught on video is nothing new.
All too many women live in a constant state of fear, but as always, one Coastal Bend organization is there to help the victims of domestic abuse -- it's now known as the Purple Door, and was formerly the Women's Shelter of Corpus Christi.
When Purple Door Executive Director Francis Wilson saw the video, she was shocked but not surprised to see Vasquez helping his girlfriend right after hitting her. Wilson said most abusers are not violent all of the time, but use violence as a means of control over the other person.
Vasquez's lawyer said his fiancee supported a prosecutor's offer to dismiss the case if he completed a Batterers Intervention Program. Wilson said oftentimes, victims will drop charges in fear of their partner, or in hopes of reconciling.
So is there anything a victim can do in the moment of abuse? Wilson said leave the scene, if possible, but victims can be most at risk for further violence during that time.
"When I was watching it, I saw him go up the stairs and open the door and go out, I thought, 'Oh run,' you know? 'Run' is what I'm thinking in my mind, but only she knows her situation," Wilson said. "She knows it better than anybody else."
Wilson said in the moment, it can be hard for victims to make a decision about where to go or how to escape their situation. She said the Purple Door provides services for survivors of family violence and sexual assault, but they also offer battering intervention programs for abusers.
Even though we are starting to see more videos of domestic abuse in the professional sports world, Wilson said it is a problem in all communities and it needs to stop.