Sporting clubs to take united stand on domestic violence
THE message is clear: domestic violence has no place in sport.
In recent years the message has spread throughout communities via the rugby league-specific Tackling Violence campaign.
"Domestic violence is not acceptable and we don't want it in our community," Waters said.
"At the Rebels I was in charge of 70 or 80 men and in that environment you're aware of any instances that may have happened. But it's very hard to engage with men outside of that.
"Lots of young people come into sport. Whether it's hockey, cricket, league, union or any sport with high participation, we can target those sports to go to them in their own environment."
Waters, along with other members of the Clarence Valley Domestic and Family Violence committee, have devised the 'Domestic Violence - Foul Play' awareness campaign.
It includes similar concepts to Tackling Violence, such as players signing a pact against domestic violence as part of their club's code of conduct conditions.
All local sporting clubs are encouraged to attend an information evening at Grafton District Services Club tonight from 6-9pm.
A similar evening will be held next Wednesday at Yamba Bowling Club.
Waters will explain the obligations for clubs who sign up and introduce speakers including Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson and Member for Page Kevin Hogan and representatives from NSW Police and Clarence River Women's Refuge.
"We will inform everybody on how we can get the message out to that domestic violence is not okay," Waters said.
Rebels have already committed to the campaign, while City Bears Hockey also plans to get on board and will have members in attendance tonight.
"It's a good cause to bring to the attention of the whole community," Bears secretary Renee Niland said.
"Being a club with men, women, seniors and juniors, we can get the message to the seniors and instil filtered awareness to the juniors.
"I believe that the more people hear that domestic violence is not okay the more (perpetrators) will realise that it's not okay.
"It's not something just on the news. It's in your community and possibly your own sporting community."
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