Rice was originally arrested and let out on bond. He was initially given a two game suspension by the NFL, a decision that sparked outrage among victims advocates. Ultimately, the Ravens decided to terminate Rices contract and he has not been re-signed since. Additionally, Rice faced charges of third degree aggravated assault that were ultimately dropped.
Domestic violence is abusive behavior, either physically or verbally, that one partner uses to gain control over another partner. In most jurisdictions, the victim must be a family member or intimate partner in order for the crime to be characterized as domestic violence. This is important because domestic violence generally carries harsher punishments then regular assault and battery.