Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, and Thomas George, Member for Lismore, will tomorrow join former NRL star David Peachey as special guests for a domestic violence education workshop taking place in Lismore.

“Over 800 regional rugby league players have attended a series of domestic violence education workshops conducted across regional NSW as part of the 2012 Tackling Violence campaign,” said Mr Annesley.

“These workshops are a key component of the Tackling Violence program which uses sport to increase awareness of this problem that exists behind closed doors.

“This year, 22 clubs from 18 communities across regional NSW have been involved in the workshops which are aimed at educating men about the negative effects of domestic violence on women, children and families.

“I’m looking forward to hearing first hand what local rugby league players have to say about the program and how it has benefited their lives, their families and their communities,” Mr Annesley said.

The workshops have been developed by Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation. They include the “Change Your Ways” DVD, as well as the “Australian Men Talk about Domestic Violence” DVD featuring football legends Gorden Tallis, Clint Newton and others talking about their experiences of domestic violence.

“Lismore can be proud of the Northern Rivers United Rugby League Football Club for taking this stand against domestic violence,” Mr Annesley said.

“Men are leading the change with participants learning where they can get help for themselves, for a friend, team mate or family member.

“Last year a number of regional communities were surveyed and over 70% knew about the program with 76% believing the use of local rugby league clubs to deliver the anti-violence message was a good idea, and more importantly working.

“I thank David Peachey and his fellow ambassadors for their commitment to the Tackling Violence program which is helping change attitudes towards domestic violence in regional communities across NSW,” Mr Annesley added.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.