White Ribbon round for Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln footballers will wear white armbands and kick a white Sherrin around this weekend for the league’s White Ribbon Round.

The Port Lincoln Football League is partnering with the Port Lincoln Domestic Violence and Family Violence Action Group to hold the inaugural White Ribbon Round.

White footballs will be used in each game and information on the White Ribbon movement will be available at all three grounds.

Players can also wear a white armband to show their support for ending violence against women.

Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation solicitor Bethany Lohmeyer said the action group approached the football league late last year about doing a White Ribbon Round, which the league was happy to do.

It’s really an important initiative just to raise awareness on the issue in the community.

Bethany Lohmeyer

“It’s really an important initiative just to raise awareness on the issue in the community,” she said.

Ms Lohmeyer said it was up to the men of the league, from club presidents and coaches to staff and players to take the stand and speak out against domestic violence.

White Ribbon ambassador Ivan Phillips said it was great to see the Port Lincoln Football League get behind the cause.

“It shows community leadership and this is the primary cohort of young men that we are having an influence on in creating awareness about attitudes and behaviour towards women,” he said.

Mr Phillips has personal experience of the devastating impacts domestic violence can have after his daughter Tash was killed by her boyfriend in a sustained attack in 2007.

Ms Lohmeyer said statistics showed this was an ongoing issue across Australia.

One in three Australian women have experienced violence from men and one in four Australian children have experienced domestic violence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence and 10 times more likely to be killed from a violent assault.

Port Lincoln Football League football operations manager Robyn Rowsell said all six clubs were fully behind the cause.

“We’re just really happy with how the clubs have embraced it and supported it,” she said.

Footy fans are invited to attend and support the cause.