Biden: Domestic violence a stain on US character

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Joe Biden says violence against women is the ugliest form of violence there is. He's calling it a stain on America's national character that must be exposed and eliminated.

Biden is speaking out at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Woman Act, one day after the Baltimore Ravens let Ray Rice go following a video that emerged showing the running back knocking his then-fiancee unconscious.

Biden says victims can't fully recover until there's a conviction. He says he'll convene a summit aimed at finding ways to allow survivors to sue their abusers in federal court. The Supreme Court struck down that provision of the Violence Against Women Act.

Earlier Tuesday, Biden told NBC that the NFL did the right thing by indefinitely suspending Rice.