(WKTV) - The NFL has recently strengthen the penalties against player who physically abuse their partners.
In light of the new bans, the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley stress that physical violence isn't the only type seen in abusive relationships, and that all acts of domestic abuse need to be addressed.
YWCA officials cite emotional, verbal, sexual and financial abuse as others that can put victims in high-risk situations. However, officials say should these new rules cause a shift in behavior, it ca be a positive thing for society given the high-profile nature of the NFL.
"If the culture really becomes a part of that, we have an opportunity," said Executive Director Natalie Brown. "The question is, will they seize the opportunity? Because if they seize the opportunity and become the model that they could be, because they are so large, other people or organizations will step in."
If you or someone you know is in a dangerous or abusive relationship, call the 24-hour YWCA hot line at (315) 797-7740 in Oneida County and (315) 866-4120 in Herkimer County.