Glenorchy says NO to family violence

“I WILL stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”

This was the oath that a number of local men pledged last month at the White Ribbon touch football match during the Dad’s Day Out event held at the Montrose Foreshore Community Reserve.

The match, which was sponsored by NRL Touch Tasmania, was a display of men’s commitment and promise to support each other to prevent violence against women.

Premier Will Hodgman signed the community pledge board along with other prominent men in the community.

“It is important to provide men with the opportunity to speak up and seek support along with information on how to help friends or family who may find themselves in a family violence situation,” Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said.

“Council held this event to help break the silence around violence, raise awareness and show that help is always available for men and women.”

At Council’s September meeting a motion was carried to say “NO” to family violence and acknowledge the work being done by organisations in the City to support families experiencing family violence.

The Dad’s Day Out match included local fathers, community members, the Glenorchy City Council and state level touch players and ended in a friendly 4-4 draw.

Event organisers plant to make the touch football match an ongoing addition to the popular Dad’s Day Out event.

MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men, which can be contacted on phone 1300 78 99 78.

If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support.

In an emergency, call Tasmania Police on 000.

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