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Grants for sporting community to prevent violence against women and their children available in 2015

November 21 2014 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

Grants will be available for sporting codes to prevent violence against women and their children from March 2015, Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Paul Linossier, said today.

A photo of Our Watch CEO Paul Linossier. Image

“Our Watch will manage the Australian Government’s $1million investment into prevention activities in the sporting community in the form of a sports grant bank” said Mr Linossier. 

“From early next year, sporting codes can apply to Our Watch for funding to implement initiatives to prevent violence against women and their children amongst their members.

“In addition to the Australian Government’s investment, we will also be seeking contributions from other governments, philanthropic organisations and business to create a substantial, sustainable fund.

“This will enable numerous sporting organisations across the nation to address gender inequality and sexism and change the culture that trivialises and sometimes perpetuates violence against women and their children.

“Evidence shows that people who support gender inequality and sexism are more likely to hold attitudes that condone or excuse violence against women, therefore it is fitting we challenge these attitudes in settings where we can have maximum reach, such as the sporting community.” he said. 

Our Watch Chair, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, said the organisation looks forward to helping sporting clubs and codes to contribute to prevention of violence against women through its unique and influential position in the community. 

“Positive elements and values within sport, such as participation and ‘fair play’ can extend to the promotion of respectful relationships, gender equity, inclusion and non-violence”.  

“Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people and are a ready-made environment that promote women’s participation and opportunities, and that eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence-supportive attitudes,” she said.

The sports grants bank is part of the Australian Government’s $100 million commitment over the next four years under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. 

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory and South Australian governments have also since become members of the organisation.
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.