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Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (September 2010)

Published: September, 2010

No more campaign

The campaign asks men to join with women and stand up against family violence and child abuse.

Central to the campaign is the linking of arms at sporting events. Recently teams from Nhulunbuy, Gunbulunya, the Barkly region and the Australian Navy joined forces in making their stand by linking arms in Darwin ahead of the Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide AFL match.

More recently, the Territory Thunder joined the campaign at their match against QAFL powerhouse Labrador at Garden’s Oval in Darwin.

“The Territory Thunder join other strong men around the country in saying no to family violence. It is a responsibility for all of us,” said Thunder General Manager Stuart Totham.

All teams joining the campaign invited Catholic Care staff to address players in the change rooms prior to matches.

Players understood that while linking arms was the symbol of the campaign, standing up against family violence in their own communities was the action that would make a difference.

Charlie King from the No More campaign called on all men to join the movement.

“We are making headway but we need many more men to stand up. This is not just an issue for Indigenous men. All men should be involved," he said. "The battered women are our mothers, our sisters, our Aunties and our children.”

Mr King told Land Rights News that anti-domestic violence workers had been employed in Santa Teresa, Numbulwar, Amoonguna, Nguiu, Angurugu, Kalkaringi, Maningrida, Gunbulanya,Wadeye and Lajamanu.

“We are providing training and support to our men to help them develop their own strategies for dealing with the problem,” he said.

It is planned that the 20 growth towns in the NT will all have trained male family violence workers by the end of the year.

In further support for the campaign, Catholic Care NT will hold its second Strong Families Award night in Darwin on Thursday 18 November and communities are being urged to nominate men and women who have been working at making their communities safe from violence and abuse.

The 2009 Awards night recognized 30 finalists with Beswick couple Peter Lindsay and Silena Ashley taking out the major award.

Nomination forms are available from Catholic Care Darwin on 89442000, Katherine 89710777, Tennant Creek 89623065 or Alice Springs 89582400 or online at www.catholiccarent.org.au

Nominations close 31 October.