Four-time AFL premiership player Shaun Burgoyne has lent his voice to the Power to End Violence Against Women program to challenge gender-based abuse.
Speaking at a Role Model Event at AFL Max last week, Burgoyne urged school students and their adult role models to join him in condoning disrespectful relationships.
The event was a follow-up to the PTEVAW program, which starts conversations with male Year 10 students around rights and responsibilities in relationships, and how to recognise abuse and be a positive bystander.
PTEVAW program coordinator and Magpies captain Cam Sutcliffe, and Port Adelaide Football Club development coach Tyson Goldsack, joined Burgoyne on a panel to implore the boys to model positive relationships, values and respect in all facets of life.
The event further cemented messages around healthy and unhealthy relationships and was an opportunity for students to share learnings with their own significant role model.
Centacare, in partnership with Power Community Ltd and the Government of South Australia, developed the Power To End Violence Against Women (PTEVAW) program in 2015.
Launched in classrooms the following year, the primary prevention initiative has engaged more than 9000 students and visited 128 schools.