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Goodell suspended Rice for two games in 2014 after he was charged with third-degree aggravated assault for hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City. The couple married a month later. After a video showing Rice knocking her unconscious and dragging her from the elevator came out, the Baltimore Ravens released the three-time Pro Bowl player and the league suspended him indefinitely.

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In 2014, the NFL announced a new policy for domestic violence and other assaults after Goodell was sharply criticized for mishandling a domestic abuse case against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games after he was charged with third-degree aggravated assault for hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The couple married a month later. After a video emerged in September showing Rice knocking her unconscious and dragging her from the elevator, Goodell then suspended the three-time Pro Bowl player indefinitely and the league implemented its new policy. Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and applied to a program for first-time offenders. An arbitrator vacated Rice's suspension in November, but he never played again. The league has disciplined several other players for domestic abuse since Rice's case created a firestorm.

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Violent crime is not limited to large urban areas. In fact, it thrives in towns with lower populations.

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