Chico Catalyst Director says questioning Janay Rice leads to dangerous shift in focus

Sep 9, 2014 5:00 PM by Brian Johnson

The director of Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Chico says questioning Janay Rice's statement released today (standing by her husband) is not the right thing to do.

Anastacia Snyder says it changes the focus from the abuser to the victim, whereas the focus should stay on the abuser, along with the systems that failed her.

She says that includes the criminal justice system.
"The crimes that [Ray Rice] committed were horrific," said Snyder. "And unfortunately when folks are put on diversion programs it really minimizes the impact and importance of domestic violence and really calling attention to and probably most importantly, holding abusers accountable for their actions."

The North State's One Safe Place released a statement saying they are also grateful the NFL has taken the action they did, but that an indefinite suspension for Rice is not a strong enough punishment.

Catalyst's 24-hour hotline is (800) 895-8476.


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