Tongue recognised for campaign against domestic violence

July 12, 2016

alan tounge NRL and domestic violenceFormer Canberra Raiders captain and cult hero Alan Tongue’s work in the prevention of domestic violence was recently and duly recognised at the ACT’s Violence Prevention Awards.

Tongue was the recipient of the Education Partnership of the Year award for his own program – in conjunction with the ACT’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service and with the help of Barnados – for his efforts in changing the behaviours of young males, as reported by Jack Brady.

Tongue’s efforts have gone well beyond the 12 months his program has been running in local ACT high schools, as he has also played a part in the New South Wales government’s Tackling Domestic Violence program over the past five years.

More recently, Tongue has spearheaded the NRL’s ‘Voice against Violence’ campaign.

“To win an award in the education space was great. It’s something you don’t do this work for but it was nice to be recognised,” Tongue told

“I’m fortunate now having done all that work with the NSW government and in the ACT that I’m now working as part of the NRL’s ‘Voice against Violence’ which I’m really excited and passionate about.

“Being able to go back to our grassroots football clubs at the 16s and 18s and having that conversation, using rugby league as our vehicle, really helps get that message across.

“It’s a perfect synergy for me using rugby league, talking to young men and being able to get it to our junior clubs because it’s something I’m passionate about.”

While the 220-game Raider and former Country Origin representative remains passionate about rugby league and the vehicle it provides in influencing behaviours, he doesn’t believe it is essential when addressing issues of domestic violence.

“Rugby league helps but I think it’s more about the way that the program is delivered, the activities involved and the workshop itself. That’s the main part in connecting with the kids,” Tongue said.

“I must admit though that the way I deliver my stuff has a real sporty, rugby league-focus to it because it’s been in my blood ever since I was a young kid.

“I’m really fortunate that rugby league is so valued in my life so I try to continue that theme on in all the work that I do.”

Tongue remains diligent in a number of fields in his post-football career. His work in the NRL’s community space involving education and welfare is balanced with his own programs in the ACT. 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. It will explore how men are part of the solution and the sports initiative in changing the perception of what makes a man a man.

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.

Speaker Opportunity – there is still time to submit your abstract

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit a 300 word abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 22nd August 2016.

Research has demonstrated that domestic violence is a global issue of epidemic proportions (WHO, 2013) and affects all cultures, ages, genders and socio-economic groups. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

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