Response To Roger Goodell's Press Conference

NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell held a press conference today to address domestic violence and their partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

It is heartening that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accepted responsibility and apologized for mishandling the Ray Rice situation. Break the Cycle applauds the NFL for beginning to make changes to league conduct policies on domestic violence and sexual assault. The NFL will be working with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and a committee of experts in the domestic violence/sexual assault field to learn more about the dynamics of abuse and how to support survivors of violence.

However, this is the first step of many needed to ensure that these changes will be implemented, effective and long-lasting. The NFL is an example to other companies, organizations and agencies of what can happen if they do not address domestic violence or sexual assault before an incident like this occurs.

Our mission is to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.

Joe Jessie, Communications Manager

Ray Rice, Dan Hardy, Adrian Peterson, and Jonathan Dwyer are all examples of why it is so important for the NFL to impliment a policy that has zero tolerance towards domestic abuse.  The Player's Association and the NFL now have no excuses, and Break the Cycle looks forward to this process, and working with the NFL to end domestic violence.

ABOUT BREAK THE CYCLEBreak the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization working to provide comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to young people. Whether it’s innovative violence prevention programs, hosting public campaigns or championing effective laws and policies, we inspire and support young people in preventing and escaping unhealthy relationships.

ABOUT LOVEISREPSECT: Loveisrespect is the ultimate source of support for young people to avoid abuse and build healthy relationships – combining 24/7 help via chat, text and phone with a proven effective website and on-the-ground youth organizing. Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline run Loveisrespect together as a partnership program.