Clubs urged to take zero tolerance approach to violence

SPORTING clubs and associations from the Lower Clarence will be urged to support the Domestic Violence Is Foul Play awareness campaign at an information evening at Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club from 6pm to 9pm tonight.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging the sporting community to learn more about domestic and family violence, its impacts and local support services available.

Clarence Valley ranks in top 10% in the state for domestic violence incidents

A similar evening received a positive response in Grafton last week and committee member Dallas Waters is hopeful of a strong turnout again in Yamba.

"We had several different sports represented and most of those sporting clubs were certainly happy to sign up for the initiative which is a great result," Mr Waters said.

 

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Clubs who join have the option of including a pact against domestic violence as part of their player code of conduct conditions. Among those to come on board last week were South Grafton Rebels Rugby League, Grafton Redmen rugby and netball, Grafton Tigers AFL and City Bears Hockey as well as tennis and soccer clubs.

"We got a great response and I think with Lower Clarence this Wednesday we will be able to get a few other disciplines like cricket and basketball," Waters said.

"My overall goal was to reach between 20 and 30 sporting clubs so if we can achieve that it would be a great result.

"All those who sign up will come together as one for a photo to help spread the message that domestic violence is foul play and that we don't tolerate it in the Clarence Valley."

Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign.
Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign. Adam Hourigan

The new initiative created by members of the Clarence Valley Domestic and Family Violence committee has the full support of several key stakeholders in the community including Clarence Valley Council, NSW Police, Clarence River Women's Refuge and local MPs Kevin Hogan and Chris Gulaptis.

"It's good to see they consider the issue as important as we do," Mr Waters said.

Recent statistics revealed the Clarence Valley is in the State's top 10% for domestic violence-related offences.



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