Anti-family violence billboards go up
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.