"Victims of domestic violence are so courageous when they come forward, and they expect to have confidentiality when they do that," said Else. "I do think that this photo leak could be very traumatic for women who have experienced domestic violence to think their privacy could or was compromised in this way."
Else said she believes this incident was "isolated" and said it's important for other victims to not give up trust in the authorities.
Else said for women who are currently struggling to survive in abusive relationships, the release of this photo could actually push them into counseling.
"It's common for women to blame themselves and think that it's only happening to them," said Else. "But for them to realize and see that in fact domestic violence crosses every boundary -- and even affects someone who we all see as a star -- could spur them seek help."
Gandy said that she believes there will be several women who become stronger after viewing Rihanna's photograph.
"This young woman deserves her privacy, and this has clearly been a terrible episode in her life, but at the same time, I hope the release of this photograph will make people think more about the realities of violence against women and just how common it is," said Gandy.
"The picture may have an effect on women who are contemplating going to the authorities," said Gandy.
"These women may think to themselves, 'Oh, I could end up looking like that if I don't do something about this now.'"