Caption: Alan Tongue speaking to VAV participants.
FORMER NRL player Alan Tongue, alongside with representatives from the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee and the PNGRFL were in Port Moresby to launch the ‘Voice Against Violence’ campaign this week.
The announcement comes off the back of the NRL increasing its commitment, funding and education throughout Australia earlier this year to help eradicate domestic violence, via the game’s ‘Voice Against Violence’ program, of which Mr Tongue is a lead ambassador for.
The Voice Against Violence program is an education program, developed in consultation with expert partners in domestic violence cases, and is aimed at informing and empowering young men and women in particular to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence.
The Voice Against Violence program will see increased efforts and workshops promoted throughout PNG to spread the message that violence of any kind is not ok.
NRL Pacific Programs Manager, Michael Asensio said the partnership and program was another step in the right direction in Rugby League using its voice for good amongst Pacific communities and to create change for the better.
“Domestic Violence is a serious issue throughout Australia and in many parts of the Pacific and through the power of Rugby League, we want to make sure that communities know the right thing to do – and that is to stand up, speak out and take action to say no to domestic violence and stop it in its tracks,” Mr Asensio said.
The NRL will work closely with the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee over the short-term to put in place education objectives and plans, before commencing roll-out of the program to local communities throughout PNG.
The partnership announced today was made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s ‘Pacific Sports Partnerships’ Innovation Fund’.