Footy star saves women from vi­o­lence

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JEREMY PIERCE & GREG STOLZ

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.

Scott Sat­tler.

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