Toowoomba Together launched their ‘Not in Our Club’ project to raise awareness of domestic and family violence at the Sports Darling Downs monthly awards breakfast this morning at the City Golf Club.
This campaign is being conducted across Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (May 2017) and is inviting all sporting clubs and organisations across the Toowoomba area to take part.
Toowoomba Together Chairperson Mr John Minz said the involvement of sporting groups was deemed critical in getting involvement in the campaign from a broader section of the community, and firmly believed that people fully supported efforts to promote a non-violent culture across Toowoomba.
“Most clubs want to increase their membership and participation rates, and by making their sport, and club, more family friendly by promoting key messages including that Domestic and Family Violence would not be tolerated is a great way to demonstrate their commitment,” Mr Minz said.
Clubs would be asked to promote the campaign at a home game during the month.
Darling Downs Police Superintendent Mark Kelly said the ‘Not in Our Club’ campaign was an important project that allowed ordinary members of the community to get involved in sending a strong message regarding domestic and family violence, and also provided important information on programs and assistance for victims and survivors.
“Domestic and family violence has such a tremendous impact on everyone involved, particularly children, but also friends and family members and sometimes it is difficult for people to start the conversation around this very destructive behaviour.
“This campaign provides that opportunity as well as pathways for assistance to all who are impacted,” Superintendent Kelly said.
This project is part of the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ state-wide campaign coordinated by Queensland Government that enables all Queenslanders to take up the challenge to put an end to domestic and family violence by changing the culture and attitudes that underpin violence in communities.