Network effectual in family violence
The Matamata- Piako Family Safety Network has employed two part-time co-ordinators to combat family violence after a funding boost from the Ministry of Social Development.
The network, formed in 2008, is a collaborative of local organisations and government agencies who work with both victims and offenders to prevent further family violence.
The co- ordinators, based at Morrinsville Community House, will work across the MatamataPiako district to co- ordinate activities, improve efficiencies and increase the capacity of the network.
Debbz Murray is employed as the family violence response coordinator 10 hours per week. Her role is to co-ordinate the responses to police-attended family violence incidents and collate information on the outcomes achieved by families.
Roz Nancekivell is employed as the family violence prevention coordinator one day per week. She works in the community to raise awareness with the aim of decreasing incidents of family violence and encouraging people to ask for help.
‘‘The national ‘It’s not OK’ campaign has done a fabulous job of raising awareness and encouraging people to talk about family violence. We draw heavily on their campaign when undertaking our own activities locally,’’ she said. ‘‘We want people to know that family violence is not OK but it is OK to ask for help’’.
Nancekivell said family violence occurred regularly in all areas of the community.
An average of 10 family violence incidents a week were reported to police in Matamata-Piako and it has been estimated that only 20 per cent of family violence was never reported, she said.
Senior Sergeant Rod Carpinter, prevention manager for eastern Waikato, recognises the importance of a collaborative approach to addressing family violence.
‘‘Each family violence incident attended by police is referred to the Matamata- Piako Family Safety Network. As we strive to make our communities safer, addressing family violence needs to be one of our community priorities,’’ he said.
‘‘People within Matamata-Piako need to be safe and feel safe. The network is one of the effective ways we are striving to achieve this.’’
NEW ROLES: Family violence response coordinator Debbz Murray, left, and family violence prevention co-ordinator Roz Nancekivell.