These are the most frequently asked questions regarding violence against women and children. If you have a question not covered here, please contact us.
Violence against women is defined by the United Nations as “any act of gender based violence that causes or could cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, including threats of harm or coercion, in public or in private life.”
In Australia, violence against women is called many different things, including domestic violence, family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The NRL Voice Against Violence initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.
There are three components of the NRLs Voice Against Violence initiative:
Violence against women and children is a significant issue in Australia and globally.
Violence against women and children affects everyone. It is not an issue that is unique to Rugby League, it isn’t unique to sport, it is an issue affecting communities all across Australia;
Our great Game does have a unique opportunity to take a leadership position with regards to violence against women and their children. We have an opportunity to stand up, to speak out and to take action, to use our collective voices to say enough is enough, and that violence against women is never acceptable
We are all here today, as representatives of the game, as leaders in our sport, to demonstrate the Game’s commitment to the prevention of violence against women and children.
The NRL is committed to utilising its powerful voice and reach to stand by our expert partners (Full Stop Foundation, Our Watch and White Ribbon Australia) to take action to prevent violence against women and children.
All violence is wrong, regardless of the sex of the victim or perpetrator. But there are distinct patterns in the perpetration and impact of violence that point to gender being a key factor.
For example, both sexes are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men.
Men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home. The overwhelming majority of acts of domestic violence and sexual assault are perpetrated by men against women, and this violence is likely to have more severe impacts on female than male victims.
This doesn’t negate the experiences of male victims. But it does point to the need for an approach that looks honestly at what the research is telling us, and addresses the gendered dynamics of violence.
We recommend watching the ‘Changing the Story’ video developed by Our Watch. This short video explore the drivers of violence against women and children and provides insights into how we can all contribute to prevention of violence against women and children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62CU28ArPo
There are lots of different types of support available and we want to make sure you know where to access this support:
Our expert partners, Our Watch, White Ribbon and Full Stop Foundation all have really informative websites where you can gain access to information, resources and tools. You can find their contact details in resources and self-help section.
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