NFL creates four-woman team to combat domestic violence
(NBC News) - The NFL has tapped one of its female executives to run a "social responsibility" team and hired three women who are experts in domestic violence and sexual assault to create education, training and support programs.
The initiative — announced as the league faces a public-relations nightmare amid the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals — will be headed by Anna Isaacson, a community affairs vice president. She will be assisted by three senior advisors: Lisa Friel, former head of sex-crimes prosecution for the Manhattan district attorney; Jane Randel, co-founder of NO MORE, an advocacy group focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault; and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Friel, who left the DA's office in 2011 and joined a private investigation firm, will play a key role: looking into allegations of domestic and sexual violence and advising NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff on discipline. Randel and Smith will focus on policy-making and education.
"We are continuing to develop our organization to strengthen our ability to address the wide range of issues we face and other changes in our office will be announced soon," Goodell, who is facing calls to step down, said in a statement on Monday. "Our goal is to make a real difference on these and other issues. We know that we will be judged by our actions and their effectiveness."