NFL stars, celebrities team up for anti-domestic violence PSAs
By Tami Hoey
PHOENIX -- In an effort to combat domestic violence, the National Football League is rolling out new public-service announcements.
The PSAs are directed by Mariska Hargitay, Tate Donovan and Blair Underwood. It's part of a larger NFL effort to combat domestic violence in the aftermath of the release of disturbing video footage involving Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, as well as charges filed against other players who have been involved in similar acts.
Also as part of its efforts, the NFL has chosen three women to overhaul the league's domestic violence policies and education programs, including Lisa Friel, the former head of the New York City District Attorney's sex crimes unit.
The NFL is also expected to announced its new domestic violence and sexual assault policy next month, which includes the formation of a crisis response team of league officials trained as first responders.