BFNL Violence Prevention Round

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The Greater Bendigo against Family Violence committee would like to congratulate the Bendigo Football Netball League for their commitment to this Violence Prevention Round and recognise that we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women.

Orange is the colour designated by the UN’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls.

Violence against women predominately happens in the context of family violence and although we understand that men are also victims of family violence, statistics tell us that 90% of family violence is perpetrated by men and 80% of victims are women.

Family violence knows no boundaries of geography, culture, age, religion or wealth. It is prevalent, serious and preventable and has a profound and devastating effect on men, women, children, families and the whole of community.

What must be emphasised is that most men do not use violence against women and that non-violent men can play a positive role in building a world where such violence is unthinkable.

The most recent study on family violence, tells us that:

  • Family Violence is a significant community problem costing the Victorian community an estimated $3.6 billion per year. Australia wide, estimates of $13.6 billion per year. This figure is expected to rise to $15.6 billion by 2021.
  • More than half of Australian women have experienced a form of physical violence since the age of 18.
  • One in three women will experience family violence in the form of physical or sexual assault in their life time
  • One in four children will experience or witness family violence before the age 15.
  • Family Violence – including physical, emotional and sexual violence – is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill health in Victorian women aged between 15 and 44.
  • One woman is killed every week by a partner or ex-partner.

Sport is an integral part of Australian culture. It is woven into the fabric of the everyday lives of many

individuals, families and communities. We can use this connectivity to prevent violence against women and to change the statistics. As a team member, a club and a league we can all challenge gender stereotypes, challenge the normalisation of violence as an expression of masculinity and strengthen positive, equal and respectful relationships for all.

Don’t be a bystander, act and call out bad behaviour.