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September 19th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

After NFL scandals, calls to domestic violence hotline up 84%

Editor's note: If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, or seeking resources or information, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

(CNN) – Following high profile domestic violence cases involving several NFL stars, the National Domestic Violence Hotline says it has seen a spike in activity.

"Just last week after the video was released, we saw an 84% increase in our call volume, which is overwhelming to a hotline such as ours," said Katie Ray-Jones, the national hotline's CEO.

Jones is referring to surveillance footage from an Atlantic City hotel that caught Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice viciously punching his then-fiancée, knocking her unconscious.

Since that video went public, more players have come under fire, including Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals, accused of head-butting his wife, and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, accused of beating his son with a switch.

"When you have a face behind it, people have a different reaction when they see the imagery," Jones said. "This is a time for us to understand how complex this issue is."

For more of our interview with National Domestic Violence Hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones, check out the video above.

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