(Bloomberg) – On Sept. 8, a shocking video of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator appeared on TMZ.com. By the end of the day, Rice had lost his job and been suspended by the NFL.
A month later, not much else has changed.
Despite calls for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, renewed attention on the broader problem of domestic violence and hints that Congress might call for hearings into the matter, advocates for victims of domestic violence say there has been little tangible evidence of change. Meantime, another stunning case involving Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, accused of brutally whipping his toddler son, shocked fans further.
There are some encouraging signs, mostly anecdotal. Advocates report more calls to domestic violence hotlines, and are encouraged by what they say is a change in attitude toward victims.