Family violence gets the boot in league’s annual awareness round
The need to reduce family violence in Pilbara communities was in the spotlight for the North Pilbara Football League’s round 13, in the annual Violence Is Not Our Game round.
The Aboriginal Family Law Services WA partnered with the NPFL for another year, the third since 2015, for a special round promoting a no tolerance approach to the issues of family violence and sexual abuse in regional WA communities.
Anti-violence messages were displayed prominently around NPFL clubs and their communities, including on banners and umpire guernseys, at all games during round 13.
AFLS WA regional co-ordinator Stephanie Brahim said the NPFL’s popularity made it a good avenue to spread the message that family violence is unacceptable.
“The football community in the Pilbara is very large,” she said.
“Aussie Rules attracts a diverse audience, from all walks of life, (and) even though men play the sport their families are very involved.
“Football is a great opportunity to get any anti-violence message to a broader range of people and what better than football.” The AFLS provides culturally-appropriate legal assistance to Aboriginal people living in regional WA who have experienced family violence.
Ms Brahim said she hoped the message would filter through to everyone part of the wider Pilbara community and help reduce levels of violence.
“By creating this program it provides education to all levels of the community to take responsibility and say no to family violence,” she said.
“I hope it will reduce the amount of family violence in our community. “I also hope the North Pilbara football players, officials and supporters will take a lead role in helping to deliver the message against family violence in our region.”
Picture: Peta Mott NPFL umpires Rodney Barden, Harry Hommel, Ryan Kenny and Ivan Davies help promote the league's anti-family violence message during round 13.