Port Lincoln Football League committed to ending violence against women
The Port Lincoln Football League is again partnering with the Port Lincoln Domestic and Family Violence Action Group (“DFVAG”) to hold a White Ribbon Round in 2018. This year Round 12 has been nominated as the white ribbon round with games to be held on August 4 2018.
Players can wear a white armband to show their support for ending violence against women.
The statistics about men’s violence against women in Australia remain alarming. 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced men’s violence. 1 in 4 Australian children have been exposed to domestic violence. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence and 10 times more likely to be killed by violent assault than other Australian women. As a community, we say enough is enough.
Local White Ribbon Ambassador, Ivan Phillips, has personal experience of the devastating impacts of violence against women. In 2007 Ivan’s daughter Tash was murdered by her boyfriend after a brutal and sustained attack.
“White Ribbon is a National Men’s movement aimed at getting men to reflect on their attitudes and behaviours towards Women. The majority of men in our community are good men but is that enough? For too long now women have been doing all the heavy lifting in this area and it is time for good men to stand up and challenge those amongst us who do not respect the women in their lives.
I know of the hurt, pain and forever sadness of losing my daughter Tash as she was murdered by her partner through a sustained and brutally violent attack. I am sure that all of us love and respect our mothers and sisters and would be horrified and angry if someone physically hurt them, don’t you be that someone who hurts someone’s family.
Real Men do NOT hit women.”
DFVAG and the Port Lincoln Football League encourage all local footy fans to support this important cause and stand with the players on 4 August to say no to violence against women.
For more information contact Sharyn Potts on 8683 0311