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NFL cracks down on domestic violence

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

The National Football League cracks down on domestic violence, drawing widespread praise.


This in the wake of a lot of criticism of the league for going too easy on players who were linked to cases of domestic abuse. 


The rules changed after there was widespread anger after Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice was given only a two-game suspension after a domestic violence incident.


Ray Rice runs for a touchdown and flexes his muscles in the end zone. Muscles he also put to use dragging his unconscious then-girlfriend now-wife out of a Las Vegas hotel elevator in a notorious example of domestic violence.


One valley woman who is a survivor of domestic violence cringed when she saw what Rice did.


"It brought back a lot of emotion and pain and determination to fight this," said a victim who did not want to be identified.


But under the new NFL rules, first-time offenders get a six game suspension, a second offense will lead to a player being banished by the league.


"We are really pleased and heartened by the moves the NFL has made with their policies about domestic and sexual violence. We think it is a great step in the right direction," said Jessye Johnson.


It's an exceptionally strong message because of the leagues important in the country.


"Millions of people watch the NFL, I watch it, and men and women watch, so they carry a lot of weight. So for the commissioner to take this stand, I am amazed he did that," said Randy Koeppen.


The NFL is also expanding its efforts in youth leagues, high schools, and colleges. Talking about domestic violence and telling young people not to be abusive. 

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