- Coaches, club managers, parents and other community leaders should model appropriate behaviour and hold group members accountable when they make sexist remarks, trivialise violence or blame victims.
- Promote gender equality in your community, religious or sporting club; there is a strong link between gender equality and violence against women.
- Organise a special event to raise awareness about domestic and family violence (DFV) and where to get help. The online events calendar can be used to promote your event to the community.
- Sporting groups can dedicate matches to raise awareness that DFV will not be tolerated. Some teams wear a special coloured jersey, socks, caps or ribbon to generate discussion, while volunteers hand out brochures to supporters.
- November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day is marked on the last Friday before November 25 each year. On these days, or during November, many sporting clubs wear a white ribbon or wristband to start positive discussions about attitudes and behaviours in relation to men’s violence against women.
- Help group and club members experiencing DFV find support by referring them to the Domestic and Family Violence Portal.
- Find out how to help someone experiencing DFV.
- Get involved in Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month each May.
- Organise some training for your members and staff through initiatives such as the MATE Bystander program (bystander training) or Challenge DV (training to help people understand how to 'Recognise the signs, Respond appropriately and Refer to support').
- Encourage and promote your community, sporting clubs or others to download the Be there app on their Apple or Android device, to promote being a bystander and supporting those experiencing DFV.
What you can do
Here are some examples about how you can take up the challenge to raise awareness about domestic and family violence.
You can also take a look at some community activities that have helped raise awareness.
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