The Queensland Government, Queensland Police Service and the Gold Coast Suns have joined forces to launch Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month today at Metricon Stadium.
The Gold Coast Suns are dedicating their Round 7 game against Geelong on Saturday to domestic and family violence prevention month.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said it was great to see the Gold Coast Suns were committed to helping end violence in homes across Queensland, with $1 from every ticket sold for Saturday night’s game going to local domestic and family violence support organisations.
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“As government, community and businesses, we all need to step up and challenge the attitudes that underpin domestic and family violence,” she said.
“So it is fantastic to see the Gold Coast Suns dedicating their game on Saturday to this issue.
“Footy is a powerful vehicle to help drive the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ message home – particularly to the young men who idolize stars of the game.
“The influence of players showing respect for women and girls and speaking out against violence cannot be underestimated.”
The Not Now, Not Ever campaign will see community groups hosting family fun days, peace walks, community art projects, educational and developmental workshops and candle lighting ceremonies to raise awareness of domestic and family violence.