Pre-game discussion at Iron Rail sheds light on domestic violence in NFL

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Football fans focused on domestic violence and the NFL as part of Thursday night's Chiefs watch party at Iron Rail Brewery.

The goal is to recognize how professional sports organizations could respond better to intimate partner violence.

Beyond that - it's about learning what you can do to advocate against domestic violence - while also being a sports fan.

Thursday night's pre-game panel discussion helps jump-start those conversations.

Cam Cameron is the public education coordinator for the YWCA.

"Anybody like you or I is living in a world that has all these really complicated things going on," she said.

"We also know that athletes are in that same position and often put on this way higher tier of scrutiny."

That scrutiny has lead to some tough conversations, but the YWCA center for safety and empowerment says you can be a fan - and question the behavior of athletes.

"It's about having those critical conversations about the NFL and domestic violence," she said.

Cameron says discussion like this can bring attention to the issue.

"We're hoping to night to reach an audience that we might not usually get to speak with. We know that most people want to end domestic violence as much as we do at the YWCA."

The panel was part of the YWCA's week without violence.

You're invited to join the annual march against violence.

It starts at noon on Friday, on the south steps of the capitol.