Experience and evidence tells us thatfor sporting organisations to make an impact on this issue, it requires strong leadership endorsement,supportive governance structures, and culturethat actively seeks and supports equality andrespect across the whole of sport.
The first step in undertaking prevention initiatives is toidentify who is best placed to lead the change process. It isimportant that staff involved are in a variety of positions that cover key areas of your sport, for example player welfare, coaching and match officiating, diversity and inclusion staff and human resources. It is important that staff are also in positions where they haveaccess to resources and can make decisions regarding changesto strategies, policies and procedures – it will be a team effort.
Understand violence against women and how your organisation can prevent it
Manypeople knowthatviolenceagainstwomenis a serious issue but there are many myths and misunderstandings about what drives violence and how we can prevent it. It’s important to make sure the key people in your sporting organisation who will support efforts to achieve equality and respect are adequately trained. This is not just so you have a strong shared understanding of what to address and key steps to take but so everyone is equipped to respond to questions, concerns and feedback.
Secure genuine commitment from leaders
To ensure this work is done effectively across your organisation, it is important to secure genuine commitment from leaders within your sport. Investing some time and energy to help leaders understand that your sportingorganisation has the power, responsibility and influence toprevent violence against women is important at this step.Getting leaders on board will include:
training to make sure they understand violence against women and the role of the organisation in prevention
discussing the business case for gender equality
connecting gender equality to the values and goals of the organisation.
Make sure you’re ready to respond to staff who experience violence
Before starting work across the organisation, prepareyour organisation to respond to those experiencingviolence. This may be through the provision oftraining and through the introduction of appropriatepolicies and procedures, for example a domestic violence leave policy.