Net­work ef­fec­tual in fam­ily vi­o­lence

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA RAM­SEY

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.’’

Photo: TERESA RAM­SEY

NEW ROLES: Fam­ily vi­o­lence re­sponse co­or­di­na­tor Debbz Mur­ray, left, and fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion co-or­di­na­tor Roz Nancekiv­ell.

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