Know who is there to call for help

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It’s hard to know what to do if you know or sus­pect that vi­o­lence is hap­pen­ing to peo­ple you know.

But re­search shows that only about 20 per cent of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents are ever re­ported to po­lice or so­cial ser­vices. Most peo­ple turn to friends and fam­ily first. Know­ing what to say and do to help some­one in a vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ship could save a life. Just one ac­tion or com­ment can make the dif­fer­ence.

Sim­ple ev­ery­day ques­tions can start a con­ver­sa­tion and build trust: Are you OK? Is some­one hurt­ing you? Are you scared to go home? Is there any­thing I can do? It’s not OK your kids are scared of you It can take a long time for peo­ple to leave vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ships or to de­cide to change the way they be­have. They need peo­ple who be­lieve in them and can walk along­side them. Sup­port can be as sim­ple as keep­ing in touch: Call to say hi Of­fer to babysit Lis­ten Be there Keep the door open Of­fer a safe place to go Find out about fam­ily vi­o­lence. Adults af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence feel a lot of shame whether they are be­ing vi­o­lent or be­ing hurt. Chil­dren need to be pro­tected from vi­o­lence hap­pen­ing in their homes – they need adults around them to keep them safe.

Never put your own safety at risk. Don’t in­ter­vene in a vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion or when peo­ple are an­gry or drunk, wait for a quiet time to talk or phone a fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion for ad­vice.

If you need help or to dis­cuss fam­ily safety, the or­gan­i­sa­tions listed be­low from Mata­mata Pi­ako can help you.

The Mata­mata Pi­ako Fam­ily Safety Net­work was formed in 2009 to ad­dress fam­ily vi­o­lence in our com­mu­ni­ties. The agen­cies work with all in­volved in fam­ily vi­o­lence.

The net­work also co-or­di­nates ac­tiv­i­ties across Mata­mata Pi­ako to raise aware­ness and in­crease fam­ily safety.

In a cri­sis, call 111 and ask for po­lice.

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