Thames locals front family violence campaign - 26 November 2014

Local champions from all walks of life are fronting a campaign against family violence in Thames.

The Thames campaign builds on successful campaigns in Paeroa and Waihi. (Watch the Paeroa DVD on Youtube.)

A total of 30 locals have put their names and faces to the campaign with their own unique message.  They include the local postie, high school students, retired people, a principal, sports people, mental health and alcohol and drug workers, local iwi, community leaders and Police. 

Thames poster

The three-month campaign will encourage people to take action to prevent family violence especially when it impacts on children.

Billboards will be put up throughout Thames and posters of the 30 champions will be displayed round the town.  Champions will also be initiating a range of projects in their own networks to help get the word out that family violence is not ok, but it is ok to ask for help.

“Family violence is so often hidden behind closed doors.  By putting up billboards and posters we bring it out into the open and make it easier for people to get help whether they are using violence or are on the receiving end of it,” spokesperson Rachel Harrison said.

“We know that only about 20% of family violence is reported to Police – after it’s happened.  If we are really going to stop violence happening all of us need to get involved.

“We invited local people to be part of this campaign and are absolutely delighted that 30 everyday people agreed to stand up and speak out,” she said.

“Having local people front the campaign sends a message that every person in a community can be part of reducing and preventing violence in families they know.”

The campaign was launched with a Big Day Out family fun day on Sunday 16th November.

The Campaign has been developed by the Hauraki Family Violence Intervention Network and Population Health Waikato District Health Board in partnership with the TCDC’s Thames Community Board, and the national It’s not OK Campaign, as well as local community groups.

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