Goodell advises teams of domestic violence initiatives

While absent from public view for 10 days, Commissioner Roger Goodell and his administration have been working on specific efforts to address the problems of domestic violence and sexual assault beyond the boundaries of the NFL.

In a memo sent Thursday night to all teams, a copy of which PFT has obtained, Goodell outlined the league’s plans to support organizations aimed at preventing domestic violence and sexual assault and helping those impacted by it.

“In my letter of August 28, I said we would ensure that everyone in the NFL has knowledge of and access to resources — both through and independent of the clubs — relating to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Goodell wrote.  “I also said that we recognize that these issues affect our entire society, and that we would work to make a genuine and positive difference in a broader context.  Today, I write to update you on some significant steps we are taking as part of our long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

“It was brought to our attention that recent events caused The National Domestic Violence Hotline to receive 84 percent more calls during the week of September 8-15. According to the organization, more than 50 percent of those calls went unanswered due to lack of staff. That must not continue.

“To help address this and other critical and immediate needs, we are entering into long-term partnerships to provide financial, operational and promotional support to two of the leading domestic violence and sexual assault resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). These commitments will enable both The Hotline and NSVRC to help more people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.”

As a result of the NFL’s support, The Hotline will add 25 full-time advocates in the coming weeks, which will allow for an additional 750 calls per day to be answered.  The league’s support of the NSVRC will bolster state and local sexual assault hotlines.

“The NFL’s support also will enable Loveisrespect to service 24-hour-a-day text chats with young adults affected by dating abuse,” Goodell wrote.  “Loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Break the Cycle, is a resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.”

Goodell also explained that, within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel will participate in educational sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault.

“These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault,” Goodell wrote.  “We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way.”

The league also will dedicate “significant resources” to raising awareness on the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“These are by no means final steps,” Goodell wrote.  “We will continue to work with experts to expand and develop long-term programs that raise awareness, educate, and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault both within the NFL and in our society in general.”

It’s a good start, and it goes a long way toward Goodell’s plan to convert recent events into positive change, for the NFL and beyond.

35 responses to “Goodell advises teams of domestic violence initiatives

  1. A good start but where does it end? Is the NFL going to undertake financial support to solve all the problems of humanity? Why wasn’t there a similar show of support for animal rights because of the Vick affair, or suicide hotlines when the player from Kansas City committed suicide or drug awareness hotlines on an ongoing basis?
    Again, this smacks of Roger Goodell trying to bail himself out with NFL money by pandering to the pressure ignited by the Rice case.

  2. When I was about 10 years old, my mom told me I should NEVER. Put my hands on a woman. Then she told me again… NEVER!

    Then she told me again- I dont care what she does… You NEVER put your hands on a woman.

    For me, it was as simple as that. No “special training” needed. Just good ole fashion parenting still seems to be the best way to resolve this issue… But that is a less and less common occurance today.

  3. Ex Jet employee Goodell who has been a complete disaster from his overreaction on Spygate, his arbitrary suspensions, and his clueless ruling on Ray Rice, must go that is the only way for the NFL to save face.

  4. What is Goodell going to do about the assault that took place in the Georgia dome last night?

    The beating the Bucs took should be criminal!

  5. As if it never happened before rice clocked his lady in an elevator… This is damage control at its finest

  6. “…and it goes a long way toward Goodell’s plan to convert recent events into positive change, for the NFL and beyond.”

    Haha you mean “Goodell’s plan to keep his job”.

    I’m not sure if he should be fired or not but I know a PR stunt when I see one.

  7. People will never be happy no matter what the NFL does. Domestic violence isn’t the NFL’s problem, it’s society’s problem. All you trolls should get back to work and quit looking to stir the pot from the safety of your keyboard. The NFL is doing more for domestic violence than most of us ever will.

  8. What about sending something out about sexual assault victims?

    How Little Ben and Incognito haven’t been drug through the mud yet like everyone else is beyond me. Little Ben actually had his suspension reduced. Adrian will have been suspended longer when all this is said and done over an overly aggressive whooping to his child. Stay classy NFL.

  9. He breathes!!!! I’m sure the organizations getting the NFL’s money are pleased but the first words out of Roger’s mouth should have been “I’m sorry for screwing up”

  10. Spending a few million bucks to create some positive PR is just smoke and mirrors. Not a solution to the problem.

  11. Now if we could only get Roger Goodell to call the National Flip Flopping hot line to get some help for being so wishy washy and disparaging.

  12. This would have seemed like a noble endeavor if it had been announced…

    …months ago, immediately after the Ray Rice fiasco, and after Ray Rice had been suspended for far longer than 2 games, and Janay Palmer/Rice had not been paraded out to allow herself to become blamed for being a victim.

    At face value? Yes there’s something good about the NFL providing resources to a worthy cause.

    But this stinks of the PR flacks, and does nothing to prevent future failures by the league to handle these problems.

    Goodell is an inseparable part of this problem, and as such, his resignation needs to occur.

  13. Incognito- 1 charge of sexual assault. Still has thousands of supporters.

    Roethlisberger – 3 separate accusations of sexual assault. Had suspension reduced. Still has a job.

    Ray Rice – 1 punch, suspended indefinitely.

    AD – Too hard of a whooping for today’s society, suspended indefinitely.

  14. Here’s a solution if you are charged with domestic violence the victim will be granted the the resources to have a comparable legal counsel as the accused paid for by the accused. If found guilty of domestic violence. You are legally forced to play football but the victim/s of your abuse get to keep your paycheck and you get to not go to jail.
    This gives the victim the financial resources and security to speak up and not be afraid that they will be buried in court room and will give them financial independence/freedom from the abuser. This will also help to deter the player from committing the abuse.

  15. FIRE GODDELL….TODAY! No sponsor or fan will ever have any confidence in any decision he ever makes from this day forward…so why does he still have a job? He fired himself with his own remarks regarding the so called bounty program…” ignorance is no excuse….” he is quoted as saying.

  16. NFL has obviously had some blunders recently, but don’t see how you can criticize this move. Seems like actual positive change.

  17. I have been Goodell’s biggest critic, calling for his immediate ouster…

    But I have to be honest, this letter almost brought a tear to my eye, and I genuinely appreciate the NFL’s step here.

    To think that the public outcry that the NFL has caused, spurred hundreds more women than usual to contact an abuse help line each day, but couldn’t because of understaffing, is very sad indeed. Each one of those calls was a person, almost always a woman, crying in the corner of a dark room, quietly but determined to seek help from their abusive partner.

    While I still wholeheartedly believe that Goodell is a terrible leader, and I still believe he needs to go, this move by the NFL was unexpected and quite classy.

    Thank you, NFL, and don’t stop there!

  18. “Here’s a solution if you are charged with domestic violence the victim will be granted the the resources to have a comparable legal counsel as the accused paid for by the accused”

    Currently the accuser has the resources of the state to back her. No one can even come close to that amount of resources because they are the sum of all tax revenue.
    Also, the flaw in this is suppose the person is found not guilty? Still has to pay big $$$ to prosecute himself?

  19. “What does this have to do with getting players who beat women/children out of the league? Fire Goodell.”

    What does kicking someone out of the league do to actually solve the problem? The answer is nothing. It does absolutley nothing except to appease the social mob standing outside the NFL doorstep with their weapons in hand.

    This whole phenomenon: individual voilates(insert social issue) = removed from job/public eye, doesn’t solve a damn thing.

    Your anger against those who abuse women/children is of course valid. We just need to do more than go around looking for jobs to take from people. That is not a solution, and the fact that people actually think it does solve something probably causes more harm than good.

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