This week, the National Football League (NFL) announced a multi-year commitment to support services for survivors of sexual assault and pledged funding to advocacy organizations across the country. The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence worked with the NFL to determine an approach that ensures funds will support the increased need for direct services for sexual assault survivors. (via Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence)
NFL funding domestic violence hotline, mandating player education
Roger Goodell’s memo machine is at work again Friday, as the NFL continues to take steps toward improving its approach to domestic violence. This time the NFL commissioner sent a letter to its teams and staff to announce “significant steps” the NFL is taking to “help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Specifically the league is entering into “long-term partnerships to provide financial, operational and promotional support” to both The National Domestic Violence Hotine and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Goodell noted “that recent events” created a spike in calls for “The Hotline,” many of which were unanswered.
“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,” Goodell wrote. “According to the organization, more than 50 percent of those calls went unanswered due to lack of staff. That must not continue.”