Taking the tackle

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Victorian Coalition Government and the AFL have come together to launch a DVD intended to send the message to young men that violence against women is never acceptable.

The Coalition Government and the League have jointly developed the Respect is for Everyone DVD for use in the AFLís groundbreaking Respect and Responsibility program.

Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh and AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou today launched the DVD. Mr McIntosh said the video would be an invaluable resource in teaching young men about the prevalence, causes and effects of violence against women.

"We want to spread the message that violence against women will not be tolerated," Mr McIntosh said.

The DVD will be shown to young men across 1,100 football clubs across Victoria, in sessionsdesigned to provoke discussion of the issues involved.

"The materials from the DVD will help young men better understand the different forms of violence against women, and promote respectful relationships."

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou said the AFL was focused on creating safe, welcoming and inclusive environments.

"This educational resource is about shifting attitudes with the message that violence against women and behaviour that harms or degrades women, is never acceptable," Mr Demetriou said.

"As a large, diverse and vibrant community, the AFL believes it has a significant role to play in encouraging and promoting respectful relationships."

The AFL DVD features current and former AFL players, coaches, media and sporting identities, police and victims support specialists.

"The AFL has the power to reach across all social and cultural boundaries. It can use these strong community connections to reach 1,100 football clubs across Victoria, and is in a great position to drive the message that violence against women, particularly family violence, is not acceptable in any community," Mr McIntosh said.

The AFL developed the Respect is for Everyone DVD in consultation with the Victorian Coalition Government and violence prevention experts, who provided advice to ensure the DVD took into consideration the extensive research on the effect that violence against women has in the community.

This is an example of how the Victorian Government and a key community partner Ė the AFL Ė are working together to address violence before it starts, through prevention and early intervention initiatives," Mr McIntosh said.

"I am grateful to the AFL for their continued support in addressing this difficult and widespread issue. With the AFLís sphere of influence, I am confident that together we can make a difference."

The Victorian Government recently announced an extra $7.2 million in new family violence crime prevention grants for initiatives aimed at reducing violence against women and children.

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Jan Hickmott, 20-01-13 15:32:
The Tyntynder Football Netball Club Committee is looking forward to this one coming to Swan Hill
Andrew Downes, 24-10-13 08:53:
Hi Folks, I did the 'Taking the Tackle' Training last year at Swan Hill and since then have been attending local football/Netball clubs and facilitating this program. I have also introduced it to secondary schools working mainly with boys. I have found it a excellent tool to engage young men which encourages them to think about what is acceptable behviour and how we need to check in with our attitudes towards women. I have had many comments from teachers on how this program engages/captivates the students. I feel this will go some way in reducing our unacceptable community violence against women. Pls keep me up dated with any additions to 'Taking the Tackle. Andrew Downes L/S/C Youth Resourse Officer, Swan HIll Police.
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