Two domestic violence experts have stepped down from the National Football League Player Association’s commission on domestic violence. Deborah Epstein, who is a professor of law and co-director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, and former president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Susan Else have resigned from the commission, claiming their suggestions have been ignored and not much change has taken place.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Epstein described her experience with the commission going from being “promising” to “deeply frustrating.”
“Because I care deeply about violence against women in the NFL and beyond, I can no longer continue to be part of a commission that is essentially a fig leaf,” Epstein wrote.
Epstein said she had conducted research that would support efforts to lower intimate partner violence in the NFL. She said she shared her research and she would be met with enthusiasm but there was no action. Epstein also said she had to sign confidentiality agreements that prevented her from sharing her research findings publicly.
During her four years in the commission, she said the commission had only met three times and that none of the recommendations made in her June 2016 study have been implemented.
The Players Association disagrees and claims they have taken action in implementing the commission’s findings.
“We respect the decision of Deborah Epstein and Susan Else to resign from our commission,” the NFLPA said in a statement to ABC News. “We have implemented many of the commission’s recommendations during the past few years and will continue to provide resources and services to our members.”
The NFL told ABC that they were not aware of any recommendations made by Epstein or the domestic violence commission.