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Sport’s role in preventing violence

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Sport is an integral part of Australian culture. It is woven into the fabric of the everyday lives of many Australian individuals, families and communities.

Change the story: A shared national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia identifies sport as a priority area for the primary prevention of violence against women in Australia.

Across all sports, we all have a role in creating clubs, teams, workplaces, venues and communities where all women are safe, equal and valued.

This includes understanding the role that discrimination can play in sport. Other forms of discrimination in sport such as racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism impact on this work, we call this ‘intersectionality’ or taking an ‘intersectional approach’.

Sport has an important part to play in preventing violence against women at both an individual level and more broadly as influential organisations and workplaces. Sport can influence how society expects us behave and is therefore able to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence to occur.

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