Ray Rice’s wife speaks out: West Michigan domestic violence resources

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WEST MICHIGAN – The video of NFL Baltimore Raven’s Running Back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his fiancé-now-wife has sparked nation-wide discussion about domestic violence.

Since the NFL indefinitely suspended Rice, his wife and victim of Rice’s abuse, Janay Rice, released a statement in her husband’s defense.

Tuesday, Janay Rice posted a statement to Instagram stating the following:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend… But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself.

“No one knows the pain that the media and unwanted [actions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing.

“To take something away from the man I love that he has worked… for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels.

“Just know we will continue to grow and show the world what real love is! Ravesnation we love you!”

Again, the video shows the couple in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, when Ray Rice punches Janay—his fiancé at the time—so hard she falls to the floor. Then Ray drags Janay out of the elevator like a rag doll and drops her.

Now the NFL and its Commissioner Roger Goodell are under heavy criticism. Following Rice`s indefinite suspension from football, some are calling it a cover-up, suggesting the NFL knew of the video before it became public on Monday.

In West Michigan there are several local services for victims of domestic violence:

Center for Women in Transition: (800) 848-5991

YWCA West Central Michigan: (616) 451-2744

Safe Haven Ministries: (616) 452-6664

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  • TheFoundingFathers

    Like anyone with a brain gives 2 shit about this stupid woman that gets knocked out and then marries the loser that knocked her out. Talk about a gold digger, then blames the media because her husband is a LOSER! Guess she will not be getting that new Mercedes after all……..

  • YWCA West Central Michigan

    We do. Thank you, Fox17, for sharing this important information. If you are in an abusive relationship or fear someone you know may be, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at our 24/7 hotline: 616-451-2744.

  • Calista

    For those of you needing help..you will get excellent help and support from the YWCA and Safe Haven. They are both excellent resources that will indeed help you. However you need to be aware that if you have children and may at some point deal with Kent County Friend of the Court and Kent County Family Court..my experience was outrageous!! I was treated horribly as well as my child that had been through a horrible experience. They do not support you in any way and your child may very well be forced to go back to the abuser for parenting time. They may allow you supervised parenting time however it most likely will be short lived. I did the right thing and got out of a very abusive marriage and then was treated horribly by our courts as well as my child. They turned the perpetrator into the victim with a very clever attorney and GAL…but I did realize the court allowed it…needless to say I feel our Family Courts are broken. What our local courts must realize is that many women stay in these situations to protect their children and are unable to do that once they leave…you can’t go to parenting time with your children to protect them.