1800 RESPECT: safety planning information and resources

Safety planning is a way to think about and develop a plan of action for when things are unsafe.

1800 RESPECT has information on:

  • Understanding safety planning
  • Making a safety plan to suit you
  • Making a safety plan with family and friends
  • A checklist for staying safe

 

Normanton Stingers Rugby Team Initiative: Domestic Violence – It’s Not Our Game 

The Domestic Violence — It’s Not Our Game initiative was created to tackle  domestic violence in the remote Normanton community in Queensland’s far north-west.

Northwest Queensland had the highest domestic violence statistics in Queensland and, before the campaign began, Normanton had some of the highest rates in that region.

Members of the football teams agreed to act as role models and any player involved in domestic violence was suspended from games. The slogan ‘Domestic Violence – it’s not our game’ was adopted by the team and was featured in an ABC 7.30 Report in 2008 about the successful program. They also participated in a television advertising campaign that ran until 2010 .

Domestic violence incidents dropped by 55%, breaches of domestic violence orders dropped by 64% and domestic violence is no longer accepted in the community.

By 2013, twenty-two regional rugby league teams across the state were involved and 900 players had signed a code of conduct.

The  team was awarded an Australian Crime and Prevention Award in 2008 for introducing the policy.