Anti-fam­ily vi­o­lence bill­boards go up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Lo­cal sports­man Alex Bradley features on new bill­boards in Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha.

The bill­boards give a strong mes­sage that Fam­ily Vi­o­lence is not OK and have been pro­duced by the Mata­mata Pi­ako Fam­ily Safety Net­work with sup­port from the na­tional It’s not OK Cam­paign.

The three bill­boards are lo­cated on State High­ways 26 and 27.

‘‘We know the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect that fam­ily vi­o­lence has in our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mata­mata Pi­ako Sub Area Man­ager Se­nior Sergeant Rod Carpin­ter said.

‘‘By putting up bill­boards we aim to bring this prob­lem out into the open and en­cour­age peo­ple to talk about it, to ask for help and to of­fer help if they know some­one who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence at home.

‘‘This could be phys­i­cal vi­o­lence or other forms of con­trol­ling be­hav­iour such as ver­bal abuse, threats and in­tim­i­da­tion, keep­ing some­one’s money from them or ne­glect of chil­dren. Fam­ily vi­o­lence in­creases at Christ­mas time so it’s timely that the bill­boards are go­ing up now.’’

The Mata­mata Pi­ako Fam­ily Safety Net­work was formed in 2009 to ad­dress fam­ily safety is­sues within Mata­mata Pi­ako.

The team meets weekly to dis­cuss ev­ery in­ci­dent of domestic vi­o­lence in the district.

The net­work is as­sisted by a Fam­ily Safety In­ter­ven­tion Team which pro­motes fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­vides di­rec­tion to the Safety Net­work.

Alex Bradley put his name to the bill­boards to en­cour­age all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to get in­volved in fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion.

‘‘ We all have a



play whether it’s stand­ing up pub­licly or of­fer­ing help to a friend or neigh­bour,’’ he said.

Alex is the Waikato cap­tain for the 2012 ITM Cup, cur­rent hold­ers of the Ran­furly shield. He has been a mem­ber of the Waikato side since 2009 and plays No 8.

Alex, who lives in Mata­mata, was voted Sportsper­son of the Year and Sport­ing Per­son­al­ity of the Year at the Metso Mata­mata Pi­ako Sports Awards 2012. He is di­rec­tor of Plumb Co Mata­mata.

It’s not OK: From left: Mata­mataPi­ako District mayor Hugh Ver­coe, Mor­rinsville Com­mu­nity House rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roslyn Nancekiv­ell and Mata­mata-Pi­ako sub-area man­ager, se­nior sergeant Rod Carpin­ter with one of the newly erected bill­boards.

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