Goodell continues penance circuit, visits domestic violence hotline

Goodell continues penance circuit, visits domestic violence hotline

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is currently meeting with officials from the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) at their Austin headquarters. KXAN cameras captured Goodell’s arrival at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

“Doing the work, as they say,” was all Goodell would say when as he and several league officials walked into the nondescript, unmarked building in suburban Austin for what was expected to be about a two-hour private meeting. He gave a brief wave to cameras when he stepped out of the SUV he was riding in. …

Goodell said he was invited to the hotline offices but did not elaborate as he walked in the door and ignored further questions. …

According to the Hotline, the NFL has pledged resources that allow the organization to answer virtually every call, text and online chat from domestic violence victims. Officials say 77,000 calls went unanswered in 2013 due to a lack of resources. …

NDVH officials say their call volume increased 84% after video surfaced of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiance unconscious in an elevator. They say call volumes have remained high and spike with each report of domestic violence involving NFL players. The Hotline has been unable to answer nearly 50% of recent calls, chats and texts. …

In [a] memo, Goodell also discussed a new, $3-million public service announcement campaign funded by the league to address domestic violence and sexual assault.

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