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NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence.

Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. A first offense calls for a 6-game suspension without pay. A second offense results in a lifetime ban.

"It's definitely a step in the right direction,” said Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director. “I think it's been a long time coming. Do I think it's enough, I don't know. Because I don't think that if you've had an offense of domestic violence or sexual assault that you should have an opportunity to do it again."

Silke Deeley hopes other sports leagues will follow the NFL's lead. Liberty house serves domestic violence victims in 17 counties around South Georgia.

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