AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) and NO MORE have re-committed to their long-standing partnership to work together for a future free of violence in the Northern Territory.
The partnership between AFLNT and NO MORE engages CatholicCare NT as an AFLNT official charity partner, with NO MORE a key initiative of CatholicCare NT for reducing domestic and family violence.
A key activity will be the NTFL's NO MORE Round (Round 17) in February 2020 where teams will link arms to say NO MORE to violence in our communities.
As part of the partnership, all TIO NTFL and TIO CAFL clubs agree to have Domestic Violence Action Plans (DVAPs) as a part of their License agreements. The NO MORE team has been working directly with clubs and each club will have their DVAP in place by the end of this year.
Another key component is the engagement of AFLNT Remote Development Managers to work with NO MORE to deliver the program in remote communities and affiliate leagues.
The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre will also benefit from the agreement with the NO MORE Domestic Violence program continuing to be delivered as part of the in-house education program for remote students.
AFLNT CEO Stuart Totham said the partnership would use the power of football to spread the message.
“We are pleased that our partnership with NO MORE is continuing in 2019/20 and can see the direct benefit it is having at Club level.
“The partnership between AFLNT and CatholicCare NT goes to the heart of what many Territorians are passionate about in footy and we believe we can have an impact on violence in our communities by combining our resources.
“NO MORE will use our remote networks and our NTFL and CAFL clubs to create an impact in the community,” he said.
NO MORE’s Narelle Gosstray said she was looking forward to increasing the impact of the program.
“Our clear message is to say NO MORE to violence right around the Northern Territory. We believe linking social services and sporting organisations to build capacity and do something to stop our high levels of violence in all our communities is an approach that can really make a difference.
“We want to reach places we’ve never been able to reach before and we know AFLNT has a network in remote regions that we can partner with and have an impact through football.
“The impact that the NO MORE Round and the creation of DVAPs has in not only promoting this message but educating Clubs along the way is enormous,” she said.
The AFLNT - NO MORE relationship will also be highlighted at a special community activation at Casuarina Shopping Square on Monday 16 December at 11.40am. Members of the public are invited to attend to pledge their support in reducing family violence at Christmas.