The Campaign for Action on Family Violence in New Zealand has a message for Kiwis: family violence is not OK but is OK to ask for help. The campaign provides a wider brief than the White Ribbon Day focus on violence against women. Christchurch Presbyterian minister, the Rev Lapana Faletolu, says it’s not OK to look the other way and say it’s not our problem.
TV presenter Alison Mau says it’s not OK to make your kids feel worthless, just because you’ve had a bad day.
Rugby presenter Phil Gifford says it’s not OK to teach your kids that violence is the way to get what you want.
Aunty Mabel Wharekawa-Burt says it’s not OK to blame the drink.
The Are You OK Campaign
The Domestic Violence campaign, developed by the Taskforce for Action on Violence Within Families, is led by the Ministry of Social Development and the Families Commission, in association with communities, with support from ACC, the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Police.
The campaign website, www.areyouok.org.nz, contains information for people who are violent and people who influence them, as well as information for community engagement and for the media. An 0800 Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450) provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. It is available seven days a week, from 9am to 11pm, with an after-hours message redirecting callers in the case of an emergency.