Fam­ily vi­o­lence gets the boot in league’s an­nual aware­ness round

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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