Woorabinda rugby league players say no to domestic violence

WOORABINDA sports men and women are taking a stand against domestic violence.

The Woorabinda Warriors Rugby League Team, who is entering the Rockhampton Rugby League competition for 2016, has taken the initiative to gain a better understanding of domestic violence.

The team, as well as the women's team - Woorabinda Wallaroos Rugby League Team - are working with Woorabinda Police, Helem Yumba Support Service, Woorabinda Women's Shelter and Woorabinda Men's Consortium to learn and raise awareness about the issue which confronts many Australians.

Woorabinda Police Senior Sergeant, Kris Richards said the players acknowledge they are future leaders of the community.

As such, they were more than willing to expand their knowledge base as they realise they are seen as role models by young people who look up to their senior players as heroes.

Both teams developed and drafted a community contract which they all agreed upon, designed to instil self-respect and community pride while committing to themselves, team, family and community by always behaving in an appropriate manner - based around the 'no domestic and family violence' theme which they all signed.

Information sessions were held to teach the players which actions and behaviours are considered to be domestic and family violence related.

They were also provided with an understanding that it is not only confined to traditional 'couple relationships' but actually also covers family and extended family relationships contained within many ethnic groups, including the aboriginal culture.

Players were also told how to access local services for help and the options and support available to them.

"Both teams were very positive and responsive to the idea of this awareness session which was a great success," Snr Sgt Richards said.

"I really think the information they took away will help them and their families in the future.

"I am also hopeful that this will reduce incidents of domestic and family violence in Woorabinda.

"I commend them all on their willingness to get involved in this very important issue facing society today."