"IT DOESN'T make you a lesser man if you put your hand up and ask for help."

This is the message from retired rugby league star and White Ribbon ambassador Steve Renouf, who has supported both our Hands Off and Terror At Home anti-violence campaigns.

Having been exposed to domestic violence as a child, Renouf said people should be encouraged to regularly "check in" on family members and friends.

"Just ask the question - is everything good at home? Sometimes that's all it might take," he said.


After a spate of domestic violence allegations and tragic player suicides in rugby league in recent years, Renouf said players should be encouraged to talk more to each other about personal problems.

As an indigenous child growing up in Murgon, Renouf was confronted by alcohol abuse and all forms of domestic and family violence.

The league legend believes education, awareness and communication are the best weapons of prevention.

"There have been been some really ugly incidents that have involved women and have involved young kids and it's just not right," Renouf said.

"We have to let the victims know there is help out there if they speak up and come forward."