NT sports say no to domestic violence

The new NT Sports Award ‘Action Against Domestic Violence’ was given to the Nightcliff Football Club on 27 March for its outstanding efforts to raise awareness and prevent domestic and family violence.

The new NT Sports Award ‘Action Against Domestic Violence’ was given to the Nightcliff Football Club (NFC) on 27 March for its outstanding efforts to raise awareness and prevent domestic and family violence.

This initiative, developed by the Men’s Policy Unit, targets men (and their families) through their interest in sport and invites men to become representatives of social change. This approach encourages people to stop ignoring or supporting domestic and family violence in their community.

After a public incident by a member of the NFC, the club acknowledged that there was an issue that needed to be addressed. Together with Charlie King OAM and CatholicCare NT they devised a Domestic Action Plan tailored specifically for the club. The offender, who had been jailed for three months, was also not allowed to return to the club until he had undergone counselling.

Director for Men’s Policy Nathan Evans states “The Nightcliff Football Club has shown the community that they are leaders in not just sport ethics but life ethics. Their actions towards addressing the issue of domestic violence are a significant and meaningful way to move forward.”

“Nightcliff Football Club has sent a clear message to the NT sports community – domestic and family violence will not be tolerated and ignoring it and allowing it to happen is not acceptable.”

Nightcliff Football Club received $3000 in prize money, a trophy, and public recognition within the community.