FORMER footballer Wayne Carey could be the face of a new campaign to combat domestic violence.
The North Melbourne champion had talks with domestic violence campaigner and one-time Federal MP Phil Cleary about supporting the cause to end violence against women.
Mr Cleary told 3AW today the pair had chatted during a luncheon last Friday.
Mr Cleary said Carey told him: "I would do anything with you in the future on this question."
The potential role comes 18 months after Carey was arrested and charged with assaulting Miami police who were responding to reports he allegedly glassed girlfriend Kate Neilson.
"He talked about the glassing, he said it wasn't like it has been portrayed," Mr Cleary said.
"He said 'I know I am a big man, I know I can be intimidating' but he said 'I am not violent towards women'."
Mr Cleary admitted women would want to be sure Carey was serious but said Carey's message could bring big benefits.
"It's really important. If people like Wayne Carey can stand up and talk about these things, gee we will go a long way," he said.
"I think that if Wayne Carey says yes I've done certain things wrong and there are certain things that look bad and this is what violence really means and in the football culture there are problems and I don't like it then we can step forward.
"And wouldn't it be good to see Wayne Carey - a big, strong warlord type figure - telling other men that he's learned."
Mr Cleary has campaigned against domestic violence after his 25-year-old sister Vicki was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 1987.
Good grief. Perhaps they should use his missus.