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Addressing gender-based violence through sport

Published: 23 May 2024

The Victorian Government is supporting local sporting clubs across Victoria to run programs promoting a culture that prevents gender-based violence.

A coach in a black top and cap addresses players at an evening training session.

$1.2 million is being invested through the Preventing Violence Through Sports Grants program to continue 12 community-based sporting projects across the state.

The projects include GenWest partnering with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and Women’s Health Grampians to run a community awareness campaign that champions respectful relationships and prevention of violence against women.

Another program, led by La Trobe University, is working with regional community sport and recreation clubs to help prevent and intervene early to gender-based violence in the Barwon and Loddon Campaspe areas.

Launched in 2021, the program recognises the power of community sport in bringing people together, shaping culture and challenging the attitudes and behaviours that can lead to violence.

Funding will support sporting organisations to engage with all those who participate in community sport, from players and volunteers to coaches and family members – to help facilitate grassroots change.

Examples of action being taken by clubs includes codes of conduct to promote gender equality and equip staff, action plans to encourage early intervention, and policies that normalise players, coaches and families calling out disrespect, sexism and violence when they see it.

The program reached more than 5,200 people in its first year, including almost 2,000 people aged 12-15, and has significantly strengthened the confidence, skills and sense of responsibility among sporting clubs which often sit at the centre of close-knit communities.

For more information about the program and funded projects visit Preventing Violence Through Sport Grants Program.

Page last updated: 08 Jun 2024
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