NFL toughens policy addressing assault and domestic violence

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(CNN) — NFL teams have unanimously endorsed a new personal conduct policy for all NFL employees after discussions that included experts on domestic violence and sexual assault, the league announced Wednesday.

The new measures include a more extensive list of prohibited conduct; independent investigative procedures; and a “baseline suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, battery, domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, other forms of family violence, or sexual assault, with consideration given to possible mitigating or aggravating circumstances,” the NFL said in a statement.

Commissioner Roger Goodell called the enhanced policy “significantly more robust, thorough, and formal.”

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