TAKE ACTION: Keith Clarke is a former president of the Redbacks Australian Rules Club.
TAKE ACTION: Keith Clarke is a former president of the Redbacks Australian Rules Club. Gerard Walsh

Warwick sporting figure joins united front against violence

WARWICK victims of domestic violence just gained another pillar of support, with prominent sporting and community figure Keith Clarke speaking out against the devastating issue ravaging our community.

Mr Clarke said sporting groups were a platform for people to send a strong message that domestic violence was not acceptable.

"Internally we all know domestic violence is abhorrent, I find it incomprehensible that a man in particular could raise his hand to a woman,” he said.

"We have an opportunity to speak out and to a wider audience that we won't stand for that.”

Mr Clarke has been involved in the Warwick Redbacks AFC since 2003 and has also helped out with Warwick Gymnastics, Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League and Collegians Rugby League Club.

He will be a guest speaker at the Warwick Safe Haven peace walk and candlelight vigil next Wednesday.

He said sporting clubs had an obligation to get involved and show clubs were safe places to go. "It's a place where you can be comfortable to speak up and that's what makes it safe,” Mr Clarke said.

Mr Clarke said he believed sporting clubs were on the right track with stamping out anti-social behaviour.

But it was important to spread that culture throughout the wider community and offer victims support.

"It's okay to seek help if you need it and violence is just not acceptable at any stage ever, there is no excuse,” he said.

The peace walk will start at 5.30pm at Warwick Town Hall and move to Leslie Park where a vigil will take place by the youth stage.

If you need help, phone DVAC on 4642 1354.



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