Happy Holiday Season
The It’s not OK team wishes you all a safe and restful Christmas and holiday season. We’d like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment by all our partners to prevent family violence in communities across New Zealand.
Sadly family violence escalates over Christmas and January. Many children in New Zealand homes are harmed or living in fear at this time.
This year It’s not OK is encouraging everyone to know the signs that someone is in danger and to look out for children they know. We can all be part of saving lives.
Our Christmas messages are on our website.
Men’s Stories of Change
New research released in November showed that It’s not OK Champion Vic Tamati’s work travelling New Zealand telling his story of change is having a huge and positive impact.
‘Former Family Violence Perpetrators – Narratives of Change” was commissioned by the Glenn Inquiry. The research was conducted by Dr Michael Roguski through interviews with former perpetrators.
Vic’s public sharing of his story was cited as best practice. All participants said his story had resonated with them and contributed to their decision to change.
Read the research here
Nearly 80 men from all walks of life attended a men’s hui in Rotorua in September titled A Call to Men – Be the Change.
Men travelled from the far North and the deep South and included a group who travelled for 19 hours from Greymouth to be part of leading a movement of men to stop family violence in New Zealand.
Key outcomes of the hui were plans for participants to stay connected and share ideas and initiatives with each other, and to meet again in 2015.
Good Men in Motueka
A local campaign launched in Motueka in November is focused on good men in the community. Organiser Felicity Hurst said “we had no difficulty finding 10 good men to front this new campaign, in fact 11 men are now on posters round the town with their own slogans.”
“We wanted to show that there are lots of men in our community who are keeping their families and communities safe.”
The men involved represent many different sectors in the community.
Aroha in Action in Thames
A new campaign in Thames builds on successful campaigns in neighbouring towns Paeroa and Waihi.
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.
The three month campaign will encourage people to take action to prevent family violence especially when it impacts on children.
It’s not OK in Wellsford
A campaign which encourages people to ask for help if they are affected by family violence launched in Wellsford/Otamatea in November.
A referral flow chart which guides people toward help that is available in the local community has been produced and distributed as part of the campaign.
A group of 12 local champions feature on posters and have been trained in how to respond if they are approached for help.
“I think healthy communities are communities that are free from family violence and I want to play my part in making that a reality for our community,” Libby Jones, one of the champions said.
A family fun day marked the launch of a local It’s not OK Campaign in Huntly in November.
The Huntly community turned out in their hundreds to make a stand against family violence. Children enjoyed a range of activities, and there was free food and performances by local talent.
The 27 Huntly It’s not OK champions were there, they are local people who have put their faces to the campaign. More community events are planned and billboards will be placed around the town.
See more on their Facebook page.
Enderley and Fairfield
A neighbourhood It’s not OK campaign kicked off in Enderley, Hamilton, with a hikoi and family day on 29 November.
This campaign has been developed by Police and local community leaders in partnership with the Chiefs Rugby Team, which this season put their weight behind preventing family violence by dedicating a game to It’s not OK.
Vic Tamati presented at a number of NZ prisons during 2014 as part of his role as It’s not OK Champion.
Vic speaks to both inmates and staff, helping them to understand that change is possible and help is available.
Vic has visited prisons in Christchurch, Otago, Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Tongariro.
The Yeah Nah talent contest was held for the second time in Whakatane this year, on the theme of family violence.
Young people aged 13 to 18 from local high schools were invited to enter original songs in the contest which was organised by the Whakatane Family Violence Network in August.
Entries were a mixture of solo and band items. First prize was recording studio time and exposure for the song on local radio. Other prizes were awarded for vocals, lyrics and best performance on the night.
Faith leaders’ involvement in preventing family violence is gathering momentum round New Zealand, especially in Hawkes Bay, Auckland and Upper Hutt.
A ‘Think Tank’ in Hawkes Bay has organised training for faith leaders on how to respond to intimate partner violence and child abuse.
With support from It’s not OK domestic and sexual violence expert Kara Duncan Hewitt delivered a workshop to Fiji Indian Muslim and Christian communities in South Auckland.
Kara also spoke at workshops organised by Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy about how faith communities can offer help to families experiencing violence at home.
Help is Available
Our information line on 0800 456 450 is open every day of the year including Christmas Day from 9am to 11pm. If you or someone you know needs help urgently phone Police on 111.
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