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Violence against women is one of the most prevalent public health issues Australia faces with one in three Australian women experiencing physical violence, one in four emotional abuse and one in five sexual violence, according to national data. 

See more facts and figures about violence against women in Australia

Women in Australia are three times more likely than men to experience violence at the hands of a partner. Indigenous women and women with a disability are even more likely to experience violence.

Violence against women and their children is preventable, and it begins with a society that values gender equality and respect.

Netball Australia has partnered with Our Watch to help drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes amongst our sporting communities that lead to violence against women and their children.

As the largest female team participation sport in Australia, Netball Australia is in a unique position to empower women with the skills to build respectful relationships and create positive environments in their netball Clubs and Associations as a key strategy to prevent violence against women.  We will work together to promote gender equality and acceptable gender norms which challenge the idea that women and men should act in certain ways or are better at certain things based on their sex, which can lead to excusing, justifying or condoning violence and inequality.

Sport has a role to play in embedding gender equality and respectful relationships into networks and communities.  According to Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja, “Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people, and provide a ready-made environment to promote women’s participation and opportunities. These clubs and organisations can help eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence-supportive attitudes.”

If you are interested in learning more about what you can to do in your Club or Association, please contact [email protected].

“Expect Respect” Training:

To learn more about how you can promote fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the court, you can complete Netball Australia’s “Expect Respect” eLearning modules.  The modules are tailored to three key audiences, including:

  • Youth: suitable for players aged 13 – 17 years;
  • Young adults: suitable for Players aged 18-25 years; and
  • Community: suitable for Netball community members aged 18 years+, including coaches, umpires, volunteers, administrators and parents.

These modules are designed to increase the understanding of the behaviours and characteristics of healthy relationships, highlight warning signs, encourage supportive environments and increase self-esteem.

For instructions on accessing the course click here via Netball Australia’s eLearning platform.

The modules were developed in conjunction with NIRODAH and the Victorian Women’s Trust.

Our Watch

Our Watch (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) is an independent, non-for-profit organisation, which provides national leadership to change structures, norms and practices that drive violence against women and their children.

Netball Australia, the Australian Football League (AFL), National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) have each received grants under the Our Watch Sports Engagement Program, funded through the Australian Government’s $1million Sports Grants Bank.

For more information, you can visit the Our Watch website.

Seeking Help:

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line also supports parents, carers, teachers, educators, coaches and other influencers.  For more information visit http://www.theline.org.au/ or via Facebook.

www.beyondblue.org.au is a national initiative that raises awareness of anxiety and depression. It provides help lines and resources.

Lifeline: 13 11 14 (crisis support and suicide prevention phone counselling)

Relationships Australia: 1800-331-441 (phone relationship counselling)

Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years. 24/7 phone and online services via 1800 55 1800 or http://www.kidshelpline.com.au/.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can to do in your Club or Association, please contact [email protected].