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National sporting codes have a key role to play in ending violence against women

The expected spike in women seeking help for domestic violence and abuse around grand final weekend is a wake up call for Australia’s national sporting codes. “The 1800 Respect hotline’s confirmation of a 10% increase in calls over the Grand Final weekend only confirms what was expected, and sadly indicates that violence against women isn’t reducing,” said Delia Donovan, acting CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

“A lot more needs to be done to connect the dots and achieve a whole of population approach to ending violence against women and we need the whole community behind this issue,” Ms Donovan said.

We are already seeing many of the major sporting codes taking steps to accept responsibility, and to proactively engage their community in change.”

“We hope to see a reverse of this trend in the near future, following commitment to a whole of community approach to end violence against women.”

Junior clubs, grassroots clubs through to the elite sports levels can role model acceptable behaviour and attitudes by men to women, and they can be active participants in calling out and acting on unacceptable behaviour.

“White Ribbon Australia are focused on supporting national sports organisations to take responsibility for their role in addressing the increasing levels of violence against women in Australia.”

“The acceptance of toxic masculine culture, and tolerance of disrespectful and abusive physical, emotional and psychological behaviours towards women needs accountability,” said Ms Donovan.

“White Ribbon support professional sporting organisations to actively reduce environmental triggers to men’s violence against women. There are practical actions which we can take, behaviours we can change, and support we can provide to reduce all forms of violence towards women and children on our community,” said Ms Donovan.

White Ribbon encourages everyone to get involved in their community (workplace, school, community group) to prevent all forms of violence against women.

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This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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