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NRL: Take a zero tolerance approach on domestic violence

Earlier this month, prominent Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall was charged with a number of domestic violence offences.1 Yet he still hasn't been stood down.2

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in our country. If we are going to change that, we need strong leadership across our community, showing that domestic violence will never be tolerated. 

It's time the NRL instituted a zero tolerance approach on domestic violence - that means automatically standing down any player charged with domestic violence offences until legal proceedings against them are completed, and instituting an automatic, immediate ban on any player found guilty of domestic violence.

The NRL say they closely monitor the opinions of fans. Can you join the campaign and help show them that fans - and the Australian public - demand better?

-If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, you can get 24/7 support by calling 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. If you are in danger, call 000.-

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Domestic violence experts, and even the NSW Premier have spoken out about the need for the NRL to take stronger action on this issue -- calling on the body to send a strong message by standing down players in this situation until cases such as this are resolved.3

Earlier this year, three NRL players were stood down by their club after they were charged with the supply of cocaine.4 In November last year, the Rabbitohs stood down another NRL player after charges were laid over an alleged domestic assault.5 Yet  the Sydney Roosters have made clear to media that Kenny-Dowall has not been stood down over the numerous domestic violence related charges.

It's time the NRL instituted a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence. 


1. Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall charged with domestic violence offences against former partner Peris, Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2015.

2. NRL called on to formally suspend players charged with domestic violence offences, ABC, 22 July 2015.

3. NSW Premier calls on NRL to send strong message against domestic violence to players, Ninemsn, 19 July 2015.

4. Titans stand players down named in cocaine investigation, Gold Coast Bulletin, 2 February 2015.

5. South Sydney Rabbitohs stand down Cody Walker after domestic assault charge, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 2014.


To the NRL,

We urge you to institute a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence, and stand down any player charged with domestic violence offences until their legal proceedings are resolved.

We also call on you to institute an automatic, immediate ban on any player found guilty of domestic violence.


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Dennis , 6060  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:51:24 +1000
Anita , 4870  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:44:14 +1000
"its an embarrassment on our nation that domestic violence and violence in general does not have a zero tolerance approach."
Bob , 2445  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:17:42 +1000
Peter , 3165  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:12:30 +1000
"I know many people will feel that someone is innocent until proven guilty. But the power in making this change is that if someone is swiftly stood down, it shows there is no tolerance for domestic violence and that sets an example, plus sends a message to the remainder of the community."
Megan , 2250  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:11:52 +1000
"Young men look up to the NRL players. Let them see that domestic violence is not cool."
Pat , 2259  /  signed 2015-07-25 11:07:26 +1000
isabelle , 2480  /  signed 2015-07-25 10:56:47 +1000
Kay , 3127  /  signed 2015-07-25 10:54:24 +1000
"It is important that sports clubs send a very strong message to their supporters and to the community as sportspersons are looked on as valuable role models. If we are to fix this scourge of domestic violence then all people in the public eye must send a message that it is not ever ok."
Sue Ellen , 2040  /  signed 2015-07-25 10:42:57 +1000
Dani , 4030  /  signed 2015-07-25 10:38:26 +1000
"Men who beat their wives and girlfriends are criminals. Footballers need to be held accountable for their actions and their crimes of violence against women."
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