Department of Family and Community Services

Tackling Violence

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Tackling Violence is a NSW Government community education, early intervention and prevention program that uses regional rugby league clubs to promote changed attitudes and behaviours to domestic violence. The program began in 2009 with six clubs in five communities and has 21 clubs in 2016. Tackling Violence is located within Women NSW.

Tackling Violence has four components:

  1. In return for $3000 in sponsorship clubs sign a code of conduct that commits them to penalising players for domestic violence offences and display the Tackling Violence logo on their playing kit and at their home ground.
  2. Each club must attend a compulsory hour long domestic violence workshop delivered by former NRL players, including, Alan Tongue, Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell and Clint Newton and Tackling Violence Educators Dixie Link-Gordon and Ashlee Donohue.
  3. A healthy teen relationships workshop providing information on domestic violence is also delivered in the participating communities’ local secondary school.
  4. A community service announcement featuring clubs delivering anti domestic violence messages is broadcast on regional commercial television during NRL broadcasts and posted on social media.

Tackling Violence was a finalist in the 2013 NSW Premiers Awards for Strengthening the Communities category, which recognises projects that improve people’s lives by building strong communities. Tackling Violence was also a finalist in the NSW Institute of Public Administration Australia Awards for public value.

The Tackling Violence education resource Change Your Ways, Australian Men Speak About Domestic Violence is used by the Education Centre Against Violence in its Strong Aboriginal Men’s Program and was shown at the United Nations 57th Status of Women’s Forum in New York City.

2016 Sponsored Clubs

  • Newcastle Souths
  • Kurri Kurri Bulldogs
  • (Walgett) Newtown Wanderers
  • Narrabri Blues
  • Bourke Warriors
  • Orange CYMS
  • Cowra Magpies
  • Lightening Ridge Redbacks
  • Collarenabri Bulldogs
  • Nambucca Roosters
  • South Grafton Rebels
  • Toukley Hawks
  • Batemans Bay Tigers
  • Dubbo Westside
  • Griffith Black and Whites
  • Berkley Eagles
  • Forbes Magpies
  • Redfern All Blacks
  • East Campbelltown Eagles
  • Brewarrina Googars
  • Cobar Roosters

The Code of Conduct

In 2016, a number of clubs who have completed five years of sponsorship will continue to implement the Tackling Violence code of conduct. These clubs include the Outback Rugby League Group (Menindee Yabbies and Eagles, Wilcannia Boomerangs and Parntu Warriors, Broken Hill Saints, United and Geebungs), Macquarie Scorpions, Wagga Brothers, Walgett Dragons and the Wellington Cowboys.