What is family violence
Family violence includes abuse and neglect. The law sees it as an abuse of human rights and it is a crime. Violence and abuse happens in many ways:
Children who see or hear family violence of any kind can suffer long-term or lifelong consequences.
It is OK to ask for help
Positive change is possible. People can make the choice to stop their violence and live violence free.
Remember you are not alone. There are always skilled people in our community ready and able to help everyone involved.
Information and contact details for agencies which provide help and support
It is OK to ask for help when
- you are worried about relationships in your family. Every person in a family deserves to be treated with respect. When people are blaming, criticising, arguing or withdrawing then family relationships and people get damaged.
- you or other family members are scared or frightened. Are you at risk? Sometimes it's hard to know how serious things are getting. If you are scared or frightened about you or others being hurt, then it is already serious.
- you don't like your own behaviour. If family members show fear of you, find you hard to talk to or feel they have to do what you want them to, you need to consider changing your behaviour.
- you are worried about someone else and want to know how to help them. This could be a friend, neighbour, family member, child's friend, or workmate. Often people who are experiencing violence feel isolated and ashamed. Your support could be vital.
It is OK to help
worried about how the kids down the road are being treated?...
not sure what to say to a colleague who comes to work with bruises...?
wondering what to do about your niece whose new boyfriend is controlling her every move…?
What can you do?
Come and find out at a free workshop designed to help you - as a family member, friend, neighbour or workmate - know more about family violence and learn how to help effectively and safely.
The workshop will cover:
- How to recognise family violence
- What you can do and say
- What support services are available
- People want help from those around them first
- Everyone can do something to help stop family violence
- What we do and say can make a difference
To take part, contact the Whanganui Family Violence Intervention Network
Co-ordinator on 06 345 6681.
Whanganui Family Violence Intervention Network
The purpose of the Whanganui Violence Intervention Network is to
- Increase awareness of what family violence is and what help is available
- Develop community-wide understanding and effective helping in response to family violence
- Strengthen the collaboration of local agencies working with family members