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(HOUSTON)— Advocates for victims of domestic violence are praising the action the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL took against Ray Rice.

The running back was cut by the Ravens, and suspended indefinitely by the National Football League in response to a viral video that shows Rice punching his then fiancee. 

When it was first reported that Rice knocked out his fiancee Janay Palmer, he was suspended for two games, but when TMZ released video of the actual assault that all changed.

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Rebecca White of the Houston Area Women’s Center said they got it right this time.

“I want to commend the commissioner and the NFL for saying, ‘Oops, we got it wrong,’ the first time and for the steps they are taking for stepping up and saying this is not okay,” White said.

Rice pleaded guilty to third degree assault and is in counseling.

He also married Palmer, something White said is not uncommon.

“Instead of focusing on what she said, what she did, how she responded, what we need to focus on is batterers and what they choose to do,” White said.

The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at (713)528-2121. Their rape hotline is (713)528-7273.

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