Sport codes kick off commitment to tackle domestic violence

June 20, 2016

dvheader16Whether it’s on the sporting field or in the changing rooms, footy and netball players, their coaches and support crews and their fans will be kicking major goals towards ending domestic violence.

The NRL, AFL, Netball Australia and the Australian Rugby Union on Friday signed a leadership statement aligning themselves with Our Watch to end violence against women and children.

The agreement means the four codes will take “high impact and systematic” measures including ensuring their internal and external policies encouraging gender equality and respect on and off the field.

Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said the sporting community had a “powerful” role to play in reducing domestic and family abuse.

“The sporting community has a huge opportunity to play an important role in preventing violence against women and their children,” Ms Barry said.

“Sporting codes, clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people of all ages and backgrounds and are a ready-made environment to promote women’s participation and opportunities to eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence-supportive attitudes.”

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg urged fans of the league to be a “voice against violence”.

“The NRL will continue to use its voice to ensure that as a code and as communities, we stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence of any kind,” Mr Greenberg said.

“Our players, coaches and ambassadors will continue to deliver our voice against violence message, supported by Our Watch, throughout communities and we are confident that together, we can make a positive change and end domestic violence.”

ARU CEO Bill Pulver said players, coaches and other union staff as well union lovers needed to be pro-active and call out sexist actions.

“Whether on the field, in the office or at the pub, simple things like telling your mates or colleagues that sexist jokes are not funny can make a difference to the culture that currently trivialises violence against women,” Mr Pulver said.

“The ARU stands beside the AFL, NRL and Netball Australia to call on the sporting community to take a stand against violence against women and gender inequality.” To read more click here.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.

With an improved focus and awareness on the effect of Domestic and Family Violence within Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is providing a national unified platform to discuss the strain of Domestic Violence on Australian resources and facilities. Registrations are now open. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

With a focus on building skills within the sector, the conference will include discussion and presentations around policy, research and practice with a particular emphasis on innovative and emerging responses.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE.

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