Local campaigns help communities to take action against family violence in their own way.
They can provide a shared focus and give opportunities for many people and different groups to get on-board. Schools, sports clubs, businesses, community groups and the local council can work together on a campaign.
Often a local family violence network can help co-ordinate the campaign and get it started. However, it's important that members of the community drive it and decide what the campaign will look like.
As well as specific activities, a local It's not OK Campaign and anti-family violence messages could be part of family days, whānau days, sports events, community events and festivals.
Individuals who are known and respected in the community can act as champions, for example, on campaign posters and as trained local people who can be approached by others about family violence issues.
The It's not OK Campaign team can meet with people in communities wanting to set up their own campaign to discuss how to go about it and what funding may be available. Contact the team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free resources that promote the campaign messages are available through this website for downloading or ordering.
Local government can play an important part in raising awareness and understanding of family violence and making New Zealand a safer place.
Councils and mayors all over New Zealand are getting involved in local campaigns and using their influence to create safer communities. Councils we have worked with include: Clutha, Waitakere, Taranaki, Hauraki, Rotorua, Hamilton, Hawke's Bay, Nelson, West Coast, Upper Hutt and Palmerston North.
The It’s not OK campaign has launched a Local Government Toolkit to support local bodies to reduce family violence across New Zealand. The toolkit can be downloaded or ordered in hard copy.
This toolkit highlights some of the successful local government led, or supported, projects that have been making a difference throughout New Zealand, as well as tips on how to work with your community to start a new initiative.
It also shows how local bodies can be supported by the It’s not OK team including resources and funding. The toolkit is intended for use by mayors, chief executives, and directors of local government bodies, as well as for council staff, especially those working on safety and community development initiatives.
Find out what communities in New Zealand are doing.
Other community action
Read about how communities are working to address family violence.