Watch Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Episode 8 to witness the Ray Rice inspired debacle that occurs when an ex-NFL player turned sportscaster is caught on camera physically abusing his wife.

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Watch Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Episode 8, " Spousal Privilage," online in order to relive the Ray Rice inspired premise. Watch online as a sportscaster and his girlfriend are involved in a case of domestic violence in which the girlfriend is concerned about tearing apart her family.

Rollin's and Amaro seem to be hitting a rough spot in their relationship, with Fin warning the former that work relationships rarely seem to be viable.

Fin comes across footage of a sportscaster, A.J. Martin, seemingly sexually assaulting his drunk girlfriend, and then dragging her out of a stairwell and to their car. Benson claims that if it looks like assault, it needs to be pursued. Especially after Ray Rice and other incidents.

Amaro and Rollins question a cop who seems to be withholding information because he's a fan of A.J. They all describe the situation as a drunken spat and even the girlfriend claims that it was her fault for causing a scene when she was intoxicated.

When Benson and Fin visit Martin's household, there is a strong vibe of domestic abuse but the girlfriend refuses to speak up about any problems at home.

The horrible truth is soon uncovered - that Martin knocked out his girlfriend cold with one punch, and then dragged her out to the car. He claimed that she had fallen while going up the stairs.

Paula agrees with Martin's story but Benson is insistent that it was assault.

Martin and Paula announce their engagement and proceed to get married during the course of this trial.

Benson herself is brought to the stand and explains how many victims of domestic abuse can come under Stockholm syndrome.

A drunk Rollins pushes Amaro goes too far and invokes a violent reaction from Amaro, but he restrains himself from hurting her. They have an explosive encounter that highlights both character's flaws.

Martin is finally called to the stand. He says that Paula is filled with the strength to get through this charade and that that gives him courage to take responsibility. Barba comes back with a scathing cross examination that really drives home the points of domestic abuse.

Paula is finally called to the stand in an attempt to throw off Barba. Paula is convincing in her love for Martin, and her want of a stable family, but Barba strips away the illusion. He paints the picture of her being Martin's hostage, and how trapped her son and her truly are.

Martin ends up being found guilty.

Paula claims that Benson broke her family apart, and Barba tries to console Benson and belives that they did the right thing.

Watch Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Episode 8 online to see the episode starring Chad Coleman as a poster boy for domestic abuse charges and their severity.

Episode Details

On Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Episode 8, a well known sportscaster gets into a case of domestic violence with his girlfriend when he's caught physically abusing her on tape.

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Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Episode 8 Quotes

After Ray Rice and the others? If it looks like domestic violence, we follow through.


Amaro: If you don't want naked pictures online then don't take naked pictures.
Rollins: Yeah, and don't wear a short skirt if you don't want to assaulted right?