Another week, another example of rugby league using its power and influence to promote a strong community message.
This time it was the Penrith Panthers who took the lead, launching the 2016 season of a program called “Tackling Violence” which seeks prevent domestic violence and violent behaviour at the Panthers Academy on 12 April 2016.
In attendance to launch the program was Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Minister, Pru Goward joined by Penrith Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould and Penrith MP, Stuart Ayers.
Tackling Violence in a NSW Government community education program that works with rugby league clubs to change attitudes and behaviours to domestic and family violence. The program started in 2009 with 6 clubs involved. Since then, the program has expanded to include 21 clubs across the state. Over 4,000 men have signed the code of conduct and participated in the workshops.
According to Goward, the role of NRL ambassadors like Alan Tongue, Clint Newtown, David Peachey and Nathan Merritt is crucial “this is the key to this program’s success and its effect on changing attitudes and behaviours: men, male leaders, delivering the message to other men”. As part of the program, this year more than 900 men will sign a code of conduct with their club as part of the program.
Part of the program’s launch included a documentary called Lana’s Warriors which tells the story of Lana Walsh – a mother of 4 killed by her partner in a domestic violence incident in 1994. If you are interested in seeing the video, please reach out and let us know.
Last year alone, more than one woman a week was killed at the hands of her partner.
Rugby league should work with our local communities to make sure statistics like this are a thing of the past and with the work of our NRL ambassadors like Nathan Merritt, Alan Tongue, Clint Newtown and David Peachey, I am confident we can make a difference.
Ladies who League xxx