Hope Harbor exec. director speaks out on Ray Rice controversy

Former, current NFL players react to Rice controversy

(WTVM) - On Monday, a video was made public that shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator, rendering her unconscious.

The video was given to TMZ of the February incident at a New Jersey casino. Following the incident, the NFL updated its domestic abuse policy saying players would be suspended six games for a first offense and a lifetime ban for any following incident.

We spoke with Hope Harbor's Executive Director Lindsey Reis, which helps victims of domestic violence across the Chattahoochee Valley, to get her view on the Ray Rice story.

She tells us she is pleased Rice is being punished, but more could be done to stop domestic violence and hold all batterers accountable.

"That's something we hear and see every single day," Reis said. "And sometimes it makes me sad that because it's a superstar or somebody famous, that gets the news coverage, when it happens every day behind closed doors. It could possibly be somebody's neighbor, your best friend for all you know. But, it happens every day here, and I think that our community needs to be more responsible to hold that batterer accountable."

Reis said it's important for victims to know there is help available. For more information about Hope Harbor, visit their website at http://www.hopeharbour.org/.

Sports Leader 9's Kim Smith also researched how social media is reacting to today's decision. Find out more by watching the video attached to this story.

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