The Brisbane Broncos have teamed up with child protection service Act for Kids, urging Queenslanders to take a stand against rising rates of domestic and family violence.
Act for Kids calls on all Queenslanders to make your home game your A-game, and has released a series of online videos featuring Brisbane Broncos’ Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett, and Scott Prince, and NRLW captain Ali Brigginshaw.
“It is really important that everyone understands that domestic and family violence is never okay,” Justin Hodges said.
Scott Prince said the football club was proud to be supporting Act for Kids as one of their Charity Partners in 2020.
“Act for Kids does wonderful work in our community. They are raising vital awareness for domestic violence and we strongly support their message that there is no room for domestic violence at home, or anywhere,” he said.
Act for Kids CEO Dr Neil Carrington said during times of pandemics, natural disasters, and social hardships, the rates of domestic violence escalate.
“Since COVID-19 restrictions began, Act for Kids’ Family and Child Connect service has seen an increase in cases of domestic violence, and have reported that more children are witnessing severe emotional, psychological and physical abuse in their homes.
“Sadly, children living with domestic violence offer suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household dominated by tension and fear.
“Without support, this can have serious, long-term impacts on their development and mental wellbeing,” he said.
Dr Carrington said the organisation was grateful for the Brisbane Broncos’ support to help shine a light on abuse, violence, and controlling behaviours.
“Violence thrives in silence and secrecy,” he said.
“People who engage in a pattern of violence, who isolate their family, make parenting choices designed to hurt, punish and frighten their partner and children, are likely to capitalise on an opportunity to further isolate and control.
“Now more than ever, it is vital that we do not normalise violence and put it down to stress related to the current crisis.
“Within our communities, we all have a responsibility to speak out against domestic and family violence,” Dr Carrington said.
The partnership won praise from Queensland’s Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Di Farmer MP.
“It’s so important that we have the conversation about domestic violence. A lot of people think it happens somewhere else to people they don’t know,” Ms Farmer said.
“But with the DV statistics as they are – we all know someone who’s a victim. Having high profile people like the Broncos talk about it and call it out – the impact is huge.
“Well done to Act for Kids for helping to get the message out more broadly,” she said.
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