Local football and netball clubs joined State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP in raising a strong voice as part of the Say NO to Family Violence campaign.

Ms Graley and nine clubs from the South East Football and Netball League played a friendly footy legends match last Friday to mark the 2016 season launch at the Beaconsfield Football Ground with hundreds of onlookers and supporters.

A vigil was held at the end of the match to remember the survivors and the victims of family violence.

Kristy McKellar, a survivor and an advocate for victims of family violence who delivered an address to the Victorian Legislative Assembly during a special sitting on the prevention of family violence in November 2015, shared her personal journey as a guest speaker.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence tabled its findings last week with 227 recommendations, which the Andrews Labor Government has promised to implement.

The Say NO to Family Violence campaign was established by Ms Graley in 2015 following the disturbing revelation that the City of Casey had the highest number of reported incidents of family violence in Victoria.

Comments attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“I was honoured to be part of this vigil and to be able to highlight the need to address family violence in the local community.”

“I will continue to work hard not only to raise awareness but also to facilitate the cultural shift which is required to fix our broken family violence system.”

“As a society who wishes to see an end to this problem, we must continue to work together in all walks of life, including the sporting community, to eradicate the issues surrounding family violence.”

“I want to thank the local football and netball clubs and everyone else who participated in this important event and lent their voice to our campaign.”

Comments attributable to anti-violence advocate Kristy McKellar

“It was an absolute privilege to support the 2016 South East Football Netball League Season Launch, sharing my insights on a serious human rights violation that we are all surrounded by and has no place in our society.”

“This brilliant community initiative provided an opportunity to create a greater understanding of family violence, its prevalence in our community and the complexities surrounding the issue.”

“To see sporting clubs such as SEFNL serious and passionate about holding a zero tolerance for family violence and viewing men and women as having equal rights and opportunities, provides survivors like myself with great confidence.”