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$1m to help footy, netball players reduce family violence

FOOTY and netball players will be encouraged to join the war against domestic terrorism with the help of $1 million from the Federal Government.

On Thursday the Our Watch organisation announced that AFL, NRL, Netball Australia and the Australian Rugby Union received $250,000 each to prevent violence against women and their children.

The grants are a component of Our Watch's push to lower the prevalence of domestic violence across the nation.

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Domestic violence groups and frontline workers say almost 50 Australian women have been killed by partners or other family members this year.

Our Watch chair Natasha Stott Despoja said the money would help sporting codes gender equality and respectful relationships into their networks and communities.

"Through our sports engagement program, we are proud to announce our partnerships with such wide-reaching sporting organisations to build their capacity and expertise to prevent violence against women and their children," Ms Stott Despoja said.

If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

- APN NEWSDESK


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