In Round 10, 2015, the Parramatta Eels officially launched the Club’s Domestic Violence Action Plan, a first for a national professional sporting club in Australia.
The Eels believe that while living free from violence is everyone’s right, reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility. And as a sporting organization, the Eels take the opportunity to use our country’s passion for sport as a vehicle to promote positive community change.
The DVAP is a living document, designed in its initial form to:
· Engage on the on the national level with Domestic Violence groups
· Raise awareness within the Parramatta Eels community
· Raise awareness throughout all levels of the club
· Offer support to Board, staff and players identified as being impacted by family violence
· Include our commitment in the code of behaviour for all Board, staff and players
· Ensure all opportunities within the club are gender equal
At the Round 10 Eels v Warriors game at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium, both teams linked arms before kick off, joined by Senator the Honourable Nigel Scullion, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, officially representing the Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
The linking of arms is a show of solidarity for the reduction of domestic and family violence, a symbol that has grown out of the NO MORE campaign in the Northern Territory.
With the support of its Founder, Charlie King, the Eels are committed to lending their voices to NO MORE, which commenced in 2008 after consultation with Indigenous Elders from across the Northern Territory.
Hit play above to hear the Eels lend their voices to the NO MORE Campaign
Since then, it has evolved to engage with all levels of the sporting community across all demographics. The campaign’s aim is to engage with men, as both perpetrators and victims, to take ownership of the issue and work towards a solution.
The Eels invite all Members and fans, men and women, to sign up as a campaign supporter and say: NO MORE.