Stars give support to violence campaign
Television star Tammy Davis had his eyes opened to some harsh realities when he started working with youth at risk.
“I thought we had it rough because I didn’t have things like a flash TV when I was growing up,” he says.
Tammy, who plays Munter in the hit show Outrageous Fortune, now realises how lucky he was.
He is lending his name and image to a new billboard campaign against family violence.
The billboards also feature Annie Whittle, Michael Jones and Pio Terei. Tammy is happy to help. “As an actor and someone who is in the public eye I thought it was a good opportunity. It’s part of the privilege of being an actor in this country,” he says.
The father of three says family violence is a big problem.
“The amount of homicides being committed, especially against children – it saddens me and my family.
“I hope these billboards help.”
The Avondale resident says being a parent is not always easy.
“It’s the hardest job you will ever have as a human being.
“It’s hard for people who struggle daily to support their families.”
Tammy says many young people from privileged backgrounds also feel the same sense of abandonment as those who are less well off.
They can experience the same emotional and psychological pain.
“Most kids just want to be loved,” Tammy says.
“When you approach children from that point of view there’s nothing you can’t achieve with them.”
Actress Annie Whittle also feels strongly about domestic violence, especially toward women and children.
“I don’t see how you can justify hitting a child,” she says.
The mother of one says she raised her son without using physical discipline, although her own experience as a child was different.
She says more education is needed.
“We don’t have enough support for young parents,” she says.
Billboard: Annie Whittle and Tammy Davis are happy to help promote the family violence campaign.