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 30 clubs in 2017. Tackling Violence is funded by Women NSW and delivered by the NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence.

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 a former NRL player and Tackling Violence educator.
  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.

2017 Sponsored Clubs

  • Bateman’s Bay Tigers
  • Bathurst Panthers
  • Berkley Eagles
  • Bourke Warriors
  • Brewarrina Golden Googars
  • Broken Hill Saints
  • Broken Hill United
  • Cobar Roosters
  • Collarenabri Bulldogs
  • Coonamble Bears
  • Cowra Magpies
  • Dubbo WestSide
  • East Campbelltown Eagles
  • Forbes Magpies
  • Griffith Black and Whites
  • Kurri Kurri Bulldogs
  • Lightning Ridge Redbacks
  • Menindee Wedgetails
  • Menindee Yabbies
  • Nambucca Roosters
  • Newtown Wanderers
  • Nowra Jets
  • Old Bar Beach Pirates
  • Partnu Warriors
  • Redfern All Blacks
  • South Grafton Rebels
  • Tingha Tigers
  • Toukley Hawkes
  • Walgett Dragons
  • Wilcannia Boomerangs

The Code of Conduct

In 2017, the practice of the maintenance phase of the program has been discontinued, with all 30 clubs sponsored to continue to implement the Tackling Violence code of conduct.