Striking at the heart of the issue

Charlie King at Baseball Park in Thornlie.
Charlie King at Baseball Park in Thornlie.

The Australian Baseball League (ABL) ran the ‘No More’ round from January 7-10 with the aim to reduce domestic and family violence.

The league aimed to become the first national sport to support clubs prepare domestic violence action plans to outline strategies for recognising and reducing family violence.

Campaign founder Charlie King said sport was watched by eight million people every weekend and the ABL was the perfect way to spread the message.

“Eight million people hear and see what sport is doing and we just think sport can do real heavy lifting in the area,” he said.

As part of the ‘No More’ round, players were given a presentation about domestic violence towards families and women.

“Perth Heat were so committed and that is not our usual response,” Mr King said.

“We have spoken to other codes and they say they don’t want to do it because people will point the finger.”

According to White Ribbon Australia, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.

If you need help immediately to escape a violent situation, call Crisis Care on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.

The Heat and the Cavalry split the four-game series 2-2. The Heat will now host AdelaideBite in a four-game series starting Thursday.