Women’s Group Applauds NFL Action to Address Domestic Violence Cases

“This is a huge day for women and football: finally, the NFL is taking steps to change its policies and show that domestic violence is a crime that will be taken seriously in professional football–a message that will be heard across professional sports. Roger Goodell and the NFL have sent a powerful message today.

We are glad the NFL heard the concerns of football fans around the country — under the new provisions, the first incident of domestic violence would get a six-game suspension, and the second instance would result in a lifetime ban. This is an incredible step forward, and one we hope will help end a culture that tolerates and helps perpetuate violence against women.

We are glad to see major sports leaders stand up and denounce domestic abuse. It’s good to know that the NFL takes women, and our right to live a life free from violence, seriously.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/08/28/roger-goodells-letter-to-nfl-owners-on-new-domestic-violence-policy/14746759/

Earlier this month, UltraViolet petitioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to implement new guidance and appropriate discipline that matches the severity of the crime. More than 47,600 people signed on to call for action, and 2000 UltraViolet members called NFL’s headquarters to demand a change in policy.

VIEW THE PETITION HERE: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/NFL_domestic_violence/