Michael Basan, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Parra Eels
Given the increasing trends of family and domestic violence throughout Western Sydney, our Club saw this as an important issue and have made violence prevention one of our key community pillars. As a result, the Parramatta Eels launched the first national sporting Domestic Violence Action Plan (DVAP) in 2015.
Since then, the Club have formed valuable partnerships with the NRL and the NO MORE Campaign to implement new policies to improve the governance of the Club surrounding the issues of violence prevention.
The Parramatta Eels understand that family and domestic violence destroys families. Our DVAP demonstrates that we care about the “Eels family” and we believe that our players can be positive role models for the wider community.
A key component of our DVAP involves education and our Club takes pride in delivering a wide variety of educational programs with players, staff and communities throughout Western Sydney. Our partnership with the Northern Territory Government also affords us the opportunity to connect with NT communities and promote violence prevention messages on a wider scale.
As an individual, I do my part in spreading the NO MORE message by talking to other people in the community about the DVAP and its importance to the community. I would encourage you to do the same.