Can retiring D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier tackle the culture surrounding domestic violence in the NFL with her new job as the league’s head of security?
Lanier will replace the executive who reportedly sat on that now-infamous video of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée in an elevator.
Nikki Guy Dixon is a survivor of domestic violence and now helps victims.
"My hope for her in this role is that she won’t conceal things like that," she said.
Dixon hopes Lanier will influence a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence at her new role at the NFL, a league plagued by headlines and heartache.
Abraham Ahern of DC SAFE, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in the District, said he’s confident Lanier can make a difference.
"I think that there is probably no one more qualified than I can think of," Ahern said.
DC SAFE helps more than 6,000 victims a year. Ahern said without Lanier on their side, they couldn’t do what they do. Metropolitan Police Department said it trains every police officer on domestic violence issues at least twice a year.
DC SAFE also partnered with police to launch a program where officers identify high risk victims on the spot and call a special hotline to get those victims help.
"I think that’s made a difference in the survivors’ lives and I don’t think it’s too strong to say that it’s saved a lot of lives,” Ahern said.
WUSA9 reached out to Chief Lanier but she wasn’t available. Her last day on the job will be September 17.
A new chief of police has not been announced yet.