Ceduna service providers and sports clubs are coming together to say “No More” to family violence in the community.
Local organisations have worked to bring the No More Campaign to Ceduna, which began after founder Charlie King visited remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory in 2008 to discuss family violence in those communities.
Mr King said he remembered discussing the broader picture of family violence to Aboriginal elders and one man started waving his finger and said “no more”.
He said during a conference in Alice Springs last year people from the Ceduna community approached him about bringing the campaign to the town, which he visited in mid May.
“I met with a range of people, service providers and community people to talk more to them about the work we do,” he said.
“We know in Ceduna and surrounds it is very high on the national scale for family violence.”
Mr King said things taken away from meetings included an advisory group of up to 15 people to be established for the campaign representatives to meet with and update on developments and for signage to be prominent in clubs and on buildings.
He said organisations that have shown support included Centacare and Maralinga Tjarutja Corporation as well as SA Police.
Far West Football League president Ron Redford said the league was also supportive and a domestic violence plan would be put together on behalf of the four clubs for them to abide by.
“We believe this domestic violence campaign to be supportive and we expect all players, members and supporters to get behind the abolition of domestic violence,” he said.
Mr King said the campaign was targeted to all people in the community, but men were a primary target as males were high perpetrators of family violence than females.
He said sports clubs in different codes across Australia have shown their support by linking arms before matches to show they were linked together to stop family violence.
“Men have said ‘we are the problem, we are the solution’,” he said.