Monday September 15th, 2014

The NFL has hired outside advisers and counselors to help the league combat the rise of domestic violence among its athletes, the league announced

Politico reported the move earlier on Monday. 

The league hired Anna Isaacson, who has a new title of Vice President of Social Responsibility. Isaacson, who was the NFL's vice president of community relations and philanthropy, is charged with leading the NFL's initiatives on domestic violence awareness.

The league also will hire three senior advisers, who will help implement a new domestic violence policy.

The move comes after a week of scrutiny following the indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as well as the deactivations for Sunday’s games of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (indicted on felony child abuse) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (appealing a domestic abuse conviction). Peterson is expected to play next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints

According to the report, the league also plans to hire more staff for compliance and training and will add domestic violence awareness to its education programs at the high school and college levels.

Politico also reports that the NFL is considering Cynthia Hogan to head its Washington office. Hogan formerly worked for Vice President Joe Biden and helped get the Violence Against Women Act passed.

- Scooby Axson  

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