On the day the NFL announced stricter discipline for offenders of domestic violence, the Baltimore Ravens entered into a three-year partnership with the House of Ruth, one of the nation's leading centers for helping victims of domestic violence.
This agreement includes a $600,000 donation from the team, training for the players and staff and promotional work on behalf of the centers for abused women and children.
The Ravens' partnership with the House of Ruth comes after the team has publicly supported starting running back Ray Rice, who received a two-game suspension in July for assaulting his then-fiancee in February.
“The Ravens recognize the outstanding service the House of Ruth Maryland provides to our community and we want to help increase its influence,” Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement. “We also look forward to the education the House of Ruth Maryland will provide to members of our organization.”
The Ravens will participate in the launch of the House of Ruth's “Man Up!” campaign to help raise awareness.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Baltimore Ravens on such an important initiative,” said Sandi Timmins, the House of Ruth Maryland’s executive director. “The reaction in our society has always been ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ The Baltimore Ravens have pledged to assist us in shifting the paradigm to change that question to: ‘Why does HE think it is OK to abuse her?’ It’s time for men to speak up, to take responsibility for their behavior, and to hold each other to having partner relationships that are healthy. It’s time to ‘Man Up!’”