The Message Is Clear: There’s No Excuse For Violence
Our Watch and the AFL Players’ Association today issued a challenge to Australian leaders and personalities to encourage their young fans to share an important message on social media that there is #NoExcuse4Violence.
The campaign is an initiative by Our Watch – the national foundation for the prevention of violence against women and children – and is supported by the AFL Players’ Association aiming to engage leaders and personalities across the nation to encourage respectful relationships among youth.
Speaking at the campaign launch, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson highlighted the importance of leaders and role models in creating a positive influence on young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women.
The campaign is an extension of The Line’s ‘You can’t undo violence’, also delivered by Our Watch, which educates young people about the signs and repercussions of violence.
To date, the Victorian Government has committed $7.3 million in funding to Our Watch since its establishment.
Minister Richardson also spoke about the Government’s commitment to ending family violence through initiatives such as the Victoria Against Violence campaign.
The campaign was timed to coincide with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which commenced on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2015) and concluded today on International Human Rights Day.
To accept the challenge, go to The Line’s website www.theline.org.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson
“Preventing family violence is a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government – but we know that family violence is a problem that cannot be solved by governments alone.”
“It is the leaders and role models among our community that can have a positive influence on young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards family violence.”
Quotes attributable to Our Watch Acting Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly
“Our Watch has looked at all of the evidence, in Australia and around the world, and we know that to prevent violence against women we need to build a more equal, respectful and safe world.”
“An important step towards doing that is providing young people with positive role models – as well as calling on community leaders to speak up and commit to taking action.”