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Government chips in over $200k to Power to End Violence Against Women program.

Matthew Agius  August 1, 2017 9:14 PM

PORT ADELAIDE’s community development arm Power Community Ltd will continue delivering its Power to End Violence Against Women program for another three years thanks to a new funding arrangement with the state government.

$225,000 will be tipped into the program by the state government, after it contributed to the funding of the program in 2016 to the tune of $55,000.

The Power to End Violence Against Women is run in conjunction with Centacare Catholic Family Services, and works with male students in Year 10 to teach the importance of respect, trust, gender equality, healthy relationships and the dangers of abusive behaviour.

Over 1500 male students from 21 South Australian schools participated in the program last year, with that number again increasing in 2017.

 

Ambassadors to the program include Travis Boak, Matt White, Ollie Wines and former players Russell Ebert and Gavin Wanganeen.

“Football clubs are traditionally male-dominated environments and we take seriously our responsibly to set positive examples to young men in South Australia when it comes to respectful relationships,” Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas said.

“Port Adelaide welcomes the Government of South Australia’s commitment to the Power to End Violence Against Women program and the important work we’re doing with young men in this space.

“We’ve already seen some really positive results with the school groups we are working with and look forward to another three years of constructive dialogues around this issue.”

The Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development spoke highly of the program, which is in its third year of operation.

“It is vitally important that we encourage young men to care about the women in their lives, and to treat them respectfully,” Minster Close said.

“There is no acceptable reason for any type of violence and we want to encourage young men to have healthy conversations about women and their relationships with them.

“I congratulate the Port Adelaide Football Club on the program’s ongoing success.”

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