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Leaders should have a just and strong commitment to end violence against women.
Violence in any form should not be tolerated in any organisation.
The charges against Roosters star player Shaun Kenny-Dowall laid over the weekend once again bring up the issue of what zero tolerance should be.
That does not lead to an assumption of guilt; it demonstrates an understanding that this issue is so serious, that each individual player understands the implications for themselves and their team.
As stated by NRL chief executive Dave Smith,
If found guilty of domestic violence, any player’s career should automatically end. Not that it would be reviewed, or even that it is in “severe doubt “.
The NRL and the other sporting codes have a unique position in our community; their players are looked up to and set behavioural norms and standards. What this means, is that they get all of the attention, money, support and praise that goes along with being a professional sports star. But it also means that they need to set an example, always.
This article first appeared here: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-nrl-to-step-up-to-zero-tolerance-on-domestic-violence-20150721-gih38d.html#ixzz3ghIAjDYY
February 9, 2015
The Lisa Harnum Foundation founder, Aileen Mountifield says,
There is a strong misconception that domestic violence equates only to physical assault. In fact domestic violence describes a whole pattern of relationship where one person attempts to gain power and control over their partner using a range of tactics; physical abuse is just one tactic”.
As you can see, physical abuse is just one tactic. A sophisticated abuser may never lay a finger on their partner and yet use every other tactic to control them,” says Aileen, “And this is a very destructive and dangerous situation because the abuse is then harder to prove and the victim may not be believed if she or he has no bruises or broken limbs to show.”
I may have technically written this ad, but actually it was written by every client I have counselled who is in an abusive relationship. Time and time again I have people say to me that the words are the worst; that bruises fade but the abusive words spoken to them cut deeply and destroy self-esteem.”
I have many high-functioning, successful clients who – after a few years in emotional abuse are mere shells of their former selves, struggling with depression; wondering what happened to their confidence and asking, ‘how did I end up here?”
It is bittersweet that Rosie Batty holds the title of Australian of the Year in 2015, because Domestic Violence just needs to stop. The stats are WAY too high. One woman murdered every week! One in three women in Australia abused by her intimate partner! Men being victimised as well. It’s an epidemic and it needs to stop.”
The TV Commercial has been picked up by all the major networks and will be on air from week commencing February 9, 2015.
Watch it here
The Lisa Harnum Foundation was established in 2014 by Aileen Mountifield in honour of Lisa Harnum who was thrown to her death from the balcony of her apartment in July 2011 by her fiancé in response to trying to flee the relationship.
The Foundation is a registered charity and is in the fundraising stage. The goal of the Foundation is to establish a Domestic Violence support centre for women in the Hills District of Sydney.
About Aileen Mountifield: http://www.lisahf.org.au/freedom-from-domestic-abuse-lisa-harnum-foundation-board-members/
In her latest article, Deb Sanasi of Norwest Counselling, expresses her outrage at a video that shows a famous NFL football player, Ray Rice, assaulting his then fiancé (now wife) in a hotel elevator, knocking her unconscious, then dragging her, still unconscious, dropping her half in-half out of the elevator, then standing back as a security guard and other hotel guests gather round to work out what is happening. You can read the full article here.
In launching the organisation, the largest of its kind in Australia, chairwoman and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott-Despoja last week described the issue of domestic violence as a “national emergency”.
“There’s a reason the World Health Organisation has said violence against women is an epidemic and it’s about time we addressed it,” Ms Stott-Despoja said.
“Together we are working towards seeing an Australia that will look very different in 20 years time. We hope we will see an Australia in which all communities reject violence against women and children.”
A list of celebrities including comedian and television presenter Charlie Pickering, actor Shane Jacobsen and author Tara Moss appear in the Our Watch video to support the campaign.
Those who have experienced domestic violence first hand also feature in the moving clip, including Rosie Batty, whose son Luke was killed by his father, Ms Batty’s her former husband Greg Anderson, in February this year.