Say No to Family Violence

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It has been a great honour and a privilege to work with so many within our community on our Say No to Family Violence campaign. I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of community support throughout the campaign and by the willingness of so many to get involved. We have had local schools, community groups, places of worship and sports clubs join us in making a stand against these despicable acts. Our colourful banners are now proudly displayed right across our community, and there is more to come.

We have teamed up with the South East Football Netball League to launch the 2016 season with a local legends match in Beaconsfield at Holm Park Reserve next month. This unique match will be dedicated to our Say No to Family Violence campaign. Nine local football and netball clubs will provide their club legends to make up the two teams. They represent Berwick, Hampton Park, Narre Warren, Beaconsfield, Pakenham, Doveton, Officer, Cranbourne and Tooradin. They represent our community. The Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, who graciously launched our campaign last year, will also be taking on a special role. This time the minister will be joining me as co-coach of one of the two teams. The opposition will not know what has hit them.

We have also received significant support from local businesses that have been willing to step up and support this great event. Thank you to Jayco, Hampton Park shopping centre, Parklea, LJ Hooker Narre Warren South and Scentre Group. Liz Triffit from the South East Football Netball League has also done an exceptional job in organising much of the event. We know that gender inequality and attitudes towards women are the key drivers of these horrific and despicable acts, but as family violence survivor Kristy McKellar said in this house last year, together we have the power to create change and rebuild lives. We look forward to a great footy match next week.