Local police chip in to end domestic violence
Wednesday, 26th May, 2010
Support for Country Rugby League's "Tackling Domestic Violence" program has received a further boost with local police making a significant financial contribution to the program.
The Barrier Local Area Command (BLAC) have been working behind the scenes to secure $10,000 of State police funding for the initiative, which uses Rugby League as a vehicle to combat domestic violence.
"We had a number of meetings with Ken Kennedy regarding the Tackling Domestic Violence program and we saw that the project needed funding," said Local Area Commander Ian Dickson.
Mr Dickson said the funding arrived after a long submissions process with NSW Police's Policy and Program's Department.
The BLAC was able to demonstrate that the program fitted with NSW Police's "Aboriginal Strategic Direction", which aims at creating safer communities for Aboriginal people.
"We felt that the initiative fitted in neatly with our plan to reduce domestic violence within our whole command," said Mr Dickson.
"We hope it will really raise the profile of the program and encourage communities to work together and say that domestic violence isn't part of their game."
The funding will mainly be used for the creation and broadcast of a radio and television campaign that will be aired across the various networks received by Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia and other regional centres.
Outback Rugby League Operations Manager, Ken Kennedy, welcomed the support of local police, and said the funding would ensure the program's message couldn't be ignored.
"It will really highlight the program and make it a big thing within these communities," said Mr Kennedy.
"The advertising will be out there and in people's faces.
"It also shows that the rugby competition itself is very community orientated... and I think the police have been very happy with what we're doing, and keeping people off the street."
A cheque for $10,000 was presented by Mr Dickson to Country Rugby League officials on Monday.
The funding follows an injection of $5,000 to the program by NSW Minister for Community Services Linda Burney on the weekend.