Domestic violence can potentially impact any person from any walk of life, including athletes. Recently, many sports teams have been compelled to fire athletes due to allegations of domestic violence. However, it was determined that the best interest of the team was put before the justice of the individual team members.
Professional sports teams have been taking a tougher stand and the teams' managers and owners are increasing being held more and more responsible by state authorities in Pennsylvania.. A new zero tolerance policy against domestic violence was proposed by one of Pennsylvania's representatives in order to force professional sports teams to come forth on the domestic violence front.
The concept of urging professional sports personnel to adopt a zero tolerance policy against domestic violence has gathered momentum. As recently as last year, a women's organization asked the National Football League to act on a zero tolerance policy regarding domestic violence following the numerous reports and allegations regarding football players abusing their intimate partners.
Pennsylvania state authorities feel that the new proposed bill may help a lot of people in the long run. It was also revealed by authorities that research conducted on domestic violence in the state concluded that not only did one in every four women suffer from domestic violence, but approximately 141 people in Pennsylvania died due to domestic violence last year. Millions of children who witness their parents being in abusive situations in the home may also suffer from serious trauma, which may adversely affect their whole lives. Attorneys are available to assist anyone suffering in such unfortunate situations.
Source: PhillyMag.com, "Bill would urge Pa. Pro Sports teams to adopt "zero tolerance" domestic violence policy," April 9, 2015