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Should all businesses adopt a policy on domestic violence?

As Ray Rice begins his two game suspension, the National Football League has made an actual policy on domestic violence.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (AP Photo)

The personal conduct policy calls for a 6 game suspension for a first offense and lifetime ban for a second.

Of course, Rice’s punishment stems from his felony aggravated assault case. Earlier this year, Rice had a physical altercation between him and his then-fiancee, whom he later married, at an Atlantic City casino.

The NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell took a lot of heat for the face that the suspension is only for 2 games. Goodell pretty much admitted this when he said  At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” Goodell wrote in a letter to the NFL owners

We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. … My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. “I didn’t get it right.

Is the NFL starting to get it right with this new policy? Should all businesses should employ such a policy? Ideally, those who are abused would report the incidents but they often go undocumented. Do you feel the loss of income or employment this policy would impose would make a difference?

I think such a policy needs to be adopted everywhere. If abusers had the possibility of losing all that they’ve worked for, it might stop the violence. I also think the names of the policy violators would have to be made public. You would need to let everyone know exactly why the person were losing their job. Of course, their offenses would have to be proven in a court of law.

Where do you stand?

Would you like to see the company you work for adopt a domestic violence policy where you could lose your job if convicted for a second offense?

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