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Step Back Think leads national movement to Stamp Out Violence

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1 December 2016, for immediate release

This weekend, clubs and pubs across Australia will join a national movement to prevent social violence with the launch of the inaugural Stamp Out Violence campaign. The campaign is the first of its kind and aims to remind young people what happens in a moment can last a lifetime.

In 2016 alone, Step Back Think has recorded 15 tragic and preventable deaths in our Social Violence Register. That’s 15 too many. We know that one-punch assaults, pub brawls and street fights typically peak during summer.

At a time when young people should be celebrating, too many have had their lives cut short. That’s why on Friday and Saturday night (2nd and 3rd December), patrons who visit participating venues around Australia will wear a stamp on their fists to honour Joshua Hardy, killed in an act of social violence at the age of 21.

Step Back Think will use thought-provoking stamps that say, “A fist like this can destroy lives” to engage with patrons and raise awareness as they enter popular venues including Ms Collins, Bridge Hotel, Academy Club and more.

“The stamp is a powerful reminder that a fist can destroy lives. It’s designed to encourage young people to have a conversation with their friends about Josh’s story and embrace their responsibility to prevent social violence,” says Step Back Think CEO, Anna O’Halloran.

Aaron Morrsion, CEO of major Melbourne hospitality group , Sand Hill Road, is proud to support the Stamp Out Violence campaign. “Pubs are central to our social lives and play an important role in providing fun and entertaining spaces for young people to enjoy safely,” said Mr Morrison.

In Darwin, the campaign has been championed by Joshua’s father and Step Back Think Patron, David Hardy. Together with major venues in the Northern Territory, Mr Hardy is committed to stamping out violence in his local community and beyond.

“Social violence does not follow state or territory borders; it does not discriminate. As individuals, we’re all responsible for our actions and as a community, we’re responsible for each other,” he said.

Anna O’Halloran commends David for his tireless work and officially welcomes him on board as Step Back Think Patron.

“David has had to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and despite unimaginable grief, he has become an inspiring advocate. We are proud to stand along side him.”

The stories of those directly impacted by Joshua’s death will be shared as part of the Stamp Out Violence Campaign to illustrate the broad impact on the community and motivate change. Step Back Think encourages Australians to show their support by sharing a selfie of their fist on social media using the hashtags #aFistLikeThis and #StampOutViolence to raise awareness and spark a conversation with family and friends.

To learn more about the campaign and Josh’s story, head to www.stepbackthink.org/stampoutviolence

ENDS

Media enquiries:

Eden Giagnorio

M:0408 508 502

E:eden@stepbackthink.org

 

Quotes attributable to Anna O’Halloran, CEO of Step Back Think

“The stamp is a powerful reminder that a fist can destroy lives. It’s designed to encourage young people to have a conversation with their friends about Josh’s story and embrace their responsibility to prevent social violence.”

“Social violence is everyone’s problem and we all have a responsibility to be part of the solution. Together, we can stamp out violence.”

“David has had to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and despite unimaginable grief, he has become an inspiring advocate. We are proud to stand along side him.”

Quotes attributable to Aaron Morrison, CEO of Sand Hill Road

“Pubs are central to our social lives and play an important role in providing fun and entertaining spaces for young people to enjoy safely.”

Quotes attributable to David Hardy, Father of Joshua Hardy and Step Back Think Patron

“Social violence does not follow state or territory borders; it does not discriminate. As individuals, we’re all responsible for our actions and as a community, we’re responsible for each other.”

Participating Venues | Stamp Out Violence Campaign

  • The Bridge Hotel, Melbourne
  • Richmond Club Hotel, Melbourne
  • Ms Collins, Melbourne
  • Academy Club, Canberra
  • Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub, Canberra
  • Discovery Darwin, Darwin
  • The Deck Bar, Darwin
  • Shenannigans Pub, Darwin
  • Monsoons, Darwin

About Step Back Think

The Stamp Out Violence Campaign is an initiative of Step Back Think, a pioneering not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence.

Step Back Think was formed by a group of friends after James Macready-Bryan was assaulted on his 20th birthday in 2006, suffering a permanent brain injury from which he will never recover.

Our vision is to create a society free from social violence by educating young people, raising awareness and driving institutional change.