NCADV Statement on Rice Dismissal

DENVER, CO–NCADV is disappointed that the charges against Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back, were dismissed today by the New Jersey court system.

According to New Jersey’s pretrial intervention website, the pretrial intervention program (PTI) is used in “victimless crimes” and criminal cases that do not involve “violence.” Given the severity of Mr. Rice’s violence and the charges filed against him, it is concerning that this program was ever presented, and accepted as an option.

We believe completion of the PTI is hardly proof of personal change, nor was the program appropriate for his crime of domestic violence.

The Criminal justice system has essentially sanctioned and reinforced the reality that society and systems still do not understand the prevalence and crime of domestic violence. The message sent by these actions is that perpetrators of domestic violence will not be held accountable for their crimes.

“This is an example of why victims don’t come forward, why they do not feel safe, and why we still can’t trust systems to hold perpetrators accountable,” says Ruth Glenn.

Until domestic violence is adjudicated as a violent crime and systems hold perpetrators accountable, victims of domestic violence will never be safe.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), has worked since 1978 to make every home a safe home. NCADV works to raise awareness about domestic violence; to educate and create programming and technical assistance, to assist the public in addressing the issue, and to support those impacted by domestic violence. Learn more at www.ncadv.org.