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AFL Barwon partnership

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre & AFL Barwon form partnership

We are pleased to announce that we will become a community partner of AFL Barwon for the next three seasons.

The partnership will be centred around the execution of the Respect Starts Here program which will work with selected AFL Barwon clubs to promote equality and awareness to address violence against women.

AFL Barwon, Region General Manager Edward Wilson stated,

“AFL Barwon is proud to align our values with a community organisation that embodies similar beliefs in tackling significant societal issues”.

“For us as an organisation, we believe our role within the community is more than sport administrators but rather, we hold a responsibility to provide growth and development opportunities that enable everyone to be the best version of their self, both on and off the court and field”.

Helen Bolton, CEO, The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (The SAFV Centre) said:

“We are pleased to partner with AFL Barwon to continue implementing our Respect Starts Here program in local sporting clubs. This partnership reaffirms both organisation’s commitment to health and wellbeing, including creating safe and respectful communities.”

“Preventing violence against women is everyone’s business. Sporting clubs are a key setting of connection and belonging among local communities and as influential leaders are well placed to create gender equal environments which promote respect, inclusion, and safety.”

Respect Starts Here supports clubs to promote gender equality and address violence against women. The program delivers tailored actions to promote gender equality within the club, its community, players, coaches, and volunteers.”

“The program is targeted towards local sporting clubs in the Barwon area, engaging players and members through interactive workshops where participants increase their understanding of violence against women, the gendered drivers of violence and how we can prevent it. Participants will walk away with strategies and tools on how they can intervene when witness to disrespectful behaviour.”

More information about Respect Starts Here is available here. 

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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