Campaign to cry foul on violence
THE issue of domestic violence is at crisis point. That’s the message Dallas Waters wants to send via sporting clubs throughout the Clarence Valley.
The Aboriginal Family Health coordinator for the Northern NSW Local Health District has previous been heavily involved in the rugby league-specific Tackling Violence campaign for Lower Clarence Magpies in 2009 and last year with South Grafton Rebels. He is also an ambassador for White Ribbon which campaigns to prevent violence against women.
Using that experience he has helped drive the Domestic Violence Foul Play initiative. It is directly aimed at the Clarence Valley, a region which rates in the top 10% for domestic violence offences.
“After my involvement in the Tackling Violence campaign and with my area of work I thought we could expand on it to run our own awareness campaign in the Valley,” Mr Waters said.
“We as a community have got to acknowledge how much of a crisis it is and to inform people of the different forms of domestic violence.”
The call is going out to sporting organisations across the Clarence Valley to blow the whistle on domestic violence and take part initiative.
This Wednesday Waters and several members of the community, including Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson and Federal MP Kevin Hogan, will speak at an information evening at Grafton District Services Club. A similar evening will be held at Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club the following Wednesday.
“I came up with the title ‘domestic violence is foul play’ because in every sport, if you do something wrong, it’s a foul,” Mr Waters said.
“We’re hoping to get at least 20 different sporting teams at both Grafton and Yamba to come along to the nights and sign up for the program.”