According to a letter from commissioner Roger Goodell to NFL team owners, within 30 days, all NFL team personnel and staff will now be required to undergo training on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The announcement came the night before Goodell was set to make his first public statement in more than a week regarding the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence allegations. His issued memo states: “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. We will work with the NFL Players Association [NFLPA] to develop and present this training in the most effective way.”
This move is the latest attempt in addressing the criticism the league has received from the public and various sponsors of the league for its response to domestic violence and child abuse charges of its players.
Cooperation and Partnering
The crisis has forced a new cooperation between the league and the NFLPA.
The letter also informed owners of the league’s newly forged partnerships with several groups. “The NFL’s initial support will be directed toward state coalitions to provide additional resources to state and local sexual assault hotlines,” the letter reads.
Goodell closed the letter, saying the NFL has plans to put “significant resources” behind domestic violence awareness and support for victims. “These are by no means final steps,” Goodell concluded. “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.”
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Source: CNN, Arizona Cardinals player arrested on domestic violence allegations, September 17, 2014
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