Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh today joined the Melbourne Vixens netball team to call on young Victorian women to join the anti-violence Wingman campaign.
The Coalition Government's Wingman campaign calls on young women and men to look after mates while they are enjoying a night out and avoid violence fuelled by alcohol.
Netball Victoria and the AFL Coaches' Association are supporting the campaign.
Speaking at the Vixens' game against the West Coast Fever, Mr McIntosh said the Wingman message extended to all young Victorians.
"In reality, female or male, a Wingman is someone who keeps their friends safe and away from harm,"
"On the netball court or the football field, teammates look out for one another. A Wingman will do the same for their friends."
"Partnering with netball is a great way for the government to communicate these messages to young women across the state, and we are delighted that Netball Victoria is able to support the campaign," Mr McIntosh said.
Mr McIntosh said the netball community is promoting the Wingman campaign through a range of activities, including an Off-Court Champion Awards program for local netball players, and promotional activities such as a social media campaign through Facebook and competitions.
"The Off-Court Champion Awards recognise outstanding netballers in over 40 local clubs across the state, who display off-court behaviour that sets an example for their peers," he said.
As part of the campaign, all Victorians are encouraged to take the Wingman pledge at www.facebook.com/champmoves. Prizes include two tickets to this year's AFL Grand Final, and a training session with a senior AFL coach.