Anti violence campaign
Family violence has a way of sneaking in to towns all over New Zealand, including Cambridge.
But an It’s Not OK campaign is being launched in June, with the help of various Cambridge organisations.
Vinnie Simmonds from Mana Hapori said more than 45 people in the district had signed up to be ‘‘champions’’.
‘‘These champions are designated middle people that can help others regarding family violence, they can steer them in the right direction of the right support services,’’ he said. They are people within the community, from supermarkets, to fire fighters, to sports people, all local faces.
Simmonds said the campaign was done in Wellington with celebrities, but it didn’t work because people didn’t feel they could approach them.
There will be courses at the Cambridge Community Marae to help those who have been victims of family violence, or perpetrators of it. Mana Hapori’s Sally Hanna said it was OK to ask for help, regardless of what side of the harm a person is on.
‘‘We want to help people, and without perpetrators there would be no family violence, so we want to look at it from a positive perspective and stop them from reoffending.’’
They have grouped together with Violence Free Waipa, the Cambridge Police, Women’s Refuge, Cambridge Netball Centre and a local church.
‘‘The launch is at Cambridge High School at 7pm on June 28 with guest speaker Louise Nicholas.’’
Sally Hanna and Vinnie Simmonds from Mana Hapori, and Hannah Glover from Violence Free Waipa.