Footy star saves women from violence
FORMER rugby league star Scott Sattler is changing the story of football players and domestic violence.
While too many players are associated with domestic violence for the wrong reasons, Sattler has developed a program to help victims leave abusive relationships.
His dad John was famed for tough- ness after winning a premiership with a broken jaw, while Scott won a grand final for Penrith with a try-saving tackle.
“When I was playing all I wanted to do was protect my teammates and be a person they could rely on. This is a sort of extension of that,” he said.
While Sattler’s company also works in areas such as debt collection and insurance investigation, domestic violence is the program close to Sattler’s heart. It started after he helped a friend escape an abusive relationship. Sattler’s domestic violence service helps find safe houses for women and children, provides security for court hearings, helps set up new bank accounts and obtain legal advice, and carries out monitoring of violent or abusive ex-partners.
“It’s never gotten physical but some perpetrators get hostile when they’re exposed,” he said.