Oprah devoting show to domestic violence

March 12, 2009 12:49:14 PM PDT
Oprah Winfrey says pop star Rihanna's alleged beating by singer boyfriend Chris Brown has the talk show queen so sad that she's doing a show dedicated to dating violence today. The hourlong episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air live from Chicago.

Winfrey offered Rihanna advice on her Friday show, saying, "Heal yourself first and also, love doesn't hurt." She also told the couple they should seek counseling.

Winfrey says the Thursday episode is "dedicated to all the Rihannas of the world" and will include guest Tyra Banks.

A Los Angeles police affidavit alleges that on Feb. 8, Brown punched, bit and choked Rihanna until she nearly lost consciousness. He has been charged with two felonies and will be arraigned in April.

Links to Domestic Violence Resources

Center Against Domestic Violence

Family Violence Prevention Fund

Domestic Violence Resources

Philadelphia Police Dept. Domestic Violence Site

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