Stars give sup­port to vi­o­lence cam­paign

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Leanne Warr

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.

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