This week is #NOMOREWeek, devoted to raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and it's also the start of mandated education by Major League Baseball on the issue of domestic abuse. This spring marks the first year that MLB has done that and it's just the beginning. They're currently working on a much-anticipated Domestic Violence Policy, which is expected to go into effect later this year.
"Not just with players, but society in general," said Michael Cuddyer to NJ.com. "It's not just something that you talk about with your buddies. It is extremely beneficial."
Here are other links to early reports from other MLB camps regarding the educational counseling, as well as players' reaction.
"Their dual commitment to these issues reminds everyone that violence against women and children affects all of us, and that we can all be part of the solution." Esta Soler, the organization's president.
“A lot of it you already know, but it was actually reinforcing that you don’t do certain things and how damaging it is to not only yourself but those who are hurt in these types of situations.” Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez
"They were saying that one in five women in the U.S. are sexually abused or are victims of domestic violence. So it's an important issue and we need to bring it to the forefront...If you're hanging out with guys who have standards and stuff like that, you're going to be held to that and they're going to help you out." David DeJesus
And here's the most recent update on the policy's progress: