THE orange presence of the NO MORE domestic and family violence campaign is heading to the brand-new Elliott oval tomorrow for the match between the Hawks and YDU Demons.
The campaign has been raising awareness around domestic and family violence in Tennant Creek for a number of years and it’s time to spread the message further in the Barkly region.
Starting in 2006 after consultation with men from 34 communities, NO MORE is the oldest running Indigenous-developed family violence prevention program in the Territory.
Founder Charlie King said driving cultural change has been a key focus of of the campaign.
“The NO MORE campaign continues to develop strategies in consultation with committed individuals, sporting teams and other groups to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence,” he said.
“We are seeing a cultural shift starting to emerge driven by the success of events like the Barkly AFL round.
“The message is clear: cultural change, where violence is no longer accepted. This will only occur if there is a whole-of-community effort. We are heartened to see that happening in the Barkly region.
“As a community we must stay focused and committed to being aware of issues that can cause increases in violence.
“Sadly we know that events like a pandemic that cause fear, lockdowns and other changes can lead to increases in domestic and family violence.
“Let us not accept that in our community, make sure people are getting help and support and always be willing to say ‘no more’”
Member for Barkly, Steve Edgington, said he was proud to be associated with the NO MORE and looks forward to working with everybody to address violence in the Barkly and across the Northern Territory.
“Congratulations to the Local Authority in Elliott and all the community for their hard work and commitment to bring the new oval to fruition,” he said.
AFL NT Regional Development Manager Wayne Green said the new oval at Elliott is a credit to all.
“We are looking forward to working with everbody to reduce the levels of violence in our communities and in the NT,” said Mr Green.
NO MORE thanks the Elliott Store for its generous donation of a in-store voucher as a match reward for the players.
See the ad below for the match time.