About Stop the
Coward Punch

We are on a mission to eliminate the coward punch from our society and save lives in the process

“If I can make even one person think before
striking out, that’s a victory.”

We see it so many times. CCTV footage from a pub or nightclub showing the moment a punch is thrown and countless lives are changed forever.

Since 2000, well over one hundred lives have been lost in Australia from deadly blows to the head, and
hundreds more victims injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and
physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life.

We started the Coward Punch Campaign in 2012 to raise awareness of the devastating impact of this scourge in our society. Since then I’ve been overwhelmed at the support we’ve received, with countless entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians joining the fight to stop the coward punch.

As a professional boxer, I know better than most what can happen when you punch someone. But there’s a world of difference between consenting athletes stepping in the ring with rules and referees, and punching an unsuspecting victim with no protection.

A coward punch is exactly that. Cowardly. It doesn’t matter if you’re drunk, on drugs, or if someone hits on
your girlfriend or spills your drink – there’s no excuse for such a gutless act.

And the truth is that nearly everyone who throws a coward punch regrets it in the cold light of day. Not only
can it result in jail time and tear apart families, no one wants to live with the guilt of having ended a life because
of a terrible split-second decision.

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign looks to educate people of the risks, so they don’t make a choice
they’ll regret for the rest of their lives.

If I can make even one person think before striking out, that’s a victory.

Danny Green

The Stop the Coward Punch Campaign is a long-term vision. We are on a mission to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Our intent is to remove the “king hit” term permanently and have it consistently referred to as a “coward punch” – because that is exactly what it is.

The Campaign to date…

With State and Federal Government,
industry, community and corporate support,
significant progress has been made to
Stop the Coward Punch.

Stop the Coward Punch Annual Dinner
June 2019 saw the STCP Foundation focus its energy on the campaign during the inaugural “Stop the Coward Punch Week”, which started on Monday, 24 June. Campaign activity culminating in the third “Stop the Coward Punch” Annual Fundraising Dinner in Melbourne to be rescheduled to later in 2021.
Active awareness-raising efforts
The clubs, pubs and alcohol industry continue to play an active role in our awareness-raising efforts – this is essential to help Stop the Coward Punch.
2018 Schoolies app Success
December 2018 Schoolies Week App received over 1.5 million impressions, reinforcing coward punch awareness among young people.
2017 – First person sentenced under new laws
First person sentenced under new laws in NSW in December 2017, receiving a 10-year sentence for a 2014 coward punch.
Federal Government funding acquired
Provision of $750,000 over a three-year period by the Federal Government under the Prevention of Crime Act.
Adopted ‘Coward Punch’ as common term
“Coward Punch” progressively replaces the terms king hit and one-punch as common language for describing these cowardly acts by media, police and in Legislation.
Queensland Government joins the campaign
Queensland Government joining the Campaign, donating funds for outdoor advertising; billboards, taxis, trams, trains plus digital advertising in licensed venues.
2014 – Funded TVC Production
Initial Danny Green funded production of a TVC in 2014 portraying the effects of a coward punch on victims and their families.
2014 – Federal Government Funding
Federal Government Funding Agreement for the Danny Green’s Coward Punch Campaign in October 2014. – Australian Government Department of Health.
2014 – Sentencing Amendment introduced
Sentencing Amendment (Coward Punch Manslaughter and Other Matters) Bill 2014 introduced to amend manslaughter laws.
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Top Tips to Stop the Coward Punch

Source: Victoria Police 2019, Crime Prevention, Resources and Fact Sheets

Walk away from conflict
you have a choice
you have a choice
Know when to stop
call it a night and go home
call it a night and go home
Stay alert
stay in well lit, public places with good security
stay in well lit, public places with good security
Drink responsibly
know your limits
know your limits
Use your common sense
Assess venues and leave if they seem too rowdy or risky
Assess venues and leave if they seem too rowdy or risky
Report
Any aggressive or suspicious behaviour to security or authorities
Any aggressive or suspicious behaviour to security or authorities
Take care of your friends
Remove your friends from potential conflict situations before they develop
Remove your friends from potential conflict situations before they develop
Agitated?
Breathe and calm yourself down – it’s just not worth it
Breathe and calm yourself down – it’s just not worth it
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