Addressing and Preventing Relationship Violence
Since 2014, the NFL has provided financial support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) in its mission to shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse. Since then, The Hotline has surpassed many milestones, including answering its 4 millionth contact and moving to a new headquarters location in Austin, Texas—doubling its capacity to answer calls, online chats and text messages. In addition, financial support provided the NFL has helped The Hotline further its policy work in Washington, D.C., and its work with members of Congress to strengthen laws to provide greater protection for victims and survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about The Hotline’s work, please visit www.thehotline.org.
The NFL’s financial support of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center enabled them to partner with other organizations and create Raliance, a sexual violence prevention partnership. This major national initiative is focused on sexual assault prevention, public policy initiatives and support services for victims and survivors. It has awarded millions in innovative grants focused on service to survivors, research, and assistance for people who may commit sexual harm; published an annual report devoted to Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation; and convened the next generation of sexual violence prevention activists through a youth summit in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.raliance.org.
In addition to its relationship with The Hotline and Raliance, the NFL works with organizations including One Love, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, It’s On Us, Safe Horizon, NO MORE, and other national and local organizations committed to addressing and preventing relationship violence. NFL representatives also meet with employees of local DV/SA organization in conjunction with major NFL events in order to share ideas, learn more about needs, and brainstorm ways the NFL and its clubs can help.
During Super Bowl week, the league hosts a private event to celebrate the often unnoticed efforts of the hundreds of employees and volunteers working behind the scenes at domestic violence shelters, sexual assault prevention organizations and similar institutions.
In addition, the NFL works annually with Super Bowl host communities on funding and deploying human trafficking prevention initiatives. In addition, all 32 NFL clubs continue work in their communities with local domestic violence and sexual assault organizations on activities ranging from abuse intervention programs, crisis center fundraisers, high school healthy relationship assemblies, and local public service campaigns.