The AFL's Respect and Responsibility (R&R) Policy was launched in 2005 and represents the Australian Football League’s (AFL) commitment to addressing violence against women and to work towards creating safe, supportive and inclusive environments for women and girls across the football industry as well as the broader community.
The R&R Policy is about shifting attitudes – ensuring that people throughout the AFL are aware and have structures in place that recognise that violence against women and behaviour that harms or degrades women, is never acceptable.
The AFL maintains its commitment to continuing to design initiatives and program approaches that gain support from within the football community itself, where Clubs recognise the unique role they play in promoting equal and respectful relationships with women, and see the principles of ‘respect’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘participation’ as key to any foundation on which club culture should be built.
A DVD resource developed by the AFL in partnership with the Victorian and Australian Governments, and seeks to educate community football clubs across the country on the issue of violence against women.
State Leagues and Community Club players
In 2011 and 2012 a pilot Community Education Program is ensuring that the reach of the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Education program is extended to all state league clubs and a limited number of community clubs throughout Australia.
The AFL continues to work in close collaboration with stakeholders from across Government and non-government sectors, to develop community based programs and initiatives which promote the development of respectful relationships and the rejection of violence.