Anti vi­o­lence cam­paign

Cambridge Edition - - CONVERSATIONS - EMMA JAMES

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.’’

EMMA JAMES

Sally Hanna and Vin­nie Sim­monds from Mana Ha­pori, and Han­nah Glover from Vi­o­lence Free Waipa.

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