Family Violence Prevention

If you are in immediate danger, please call 111, call 105 for a non-emergency.

For free, confidential help, call:
AVIVA – 0800 2848 2699
Victim Support – 0800 842 846
Safe to Talk – 0800 044 334        
Women’s Refuge – 0800 733 843

Waimakariri District Council is a partner in the Violence Free North Canterbury Network. We provide coordination and support for this group.

Violence Free North Canterbury is a collaboration of agencies who aim to eradicate family violence in North Canterbury. It will do this by influencing positive social change within the community about family violence issues and empowering the community to send the message that family violence is unacceptable.

Violence Free North Canterbury was previously called North Canterbury Family Violence Network. It has been in existence since the mid-1990s. Meetings are held bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October and December on the third Thursday of the month.

There are three components to the family violence prevention project work:

  • Raising community awareness of the issue and need for change
  • Providing community education opportunities
  • Increasing professional capability

  • Coordination and support for the Violence Free North Canterbury Network
  • Facilitation of White Ribbon Day initiatives at high schools, with local business and in local media
  • Facilitation of Professional Development for people working in and with the community on how to recognise and respond appropriately where there is evidence of abuse
  • Facilitation of Community Awareness raising around positive communication and what constitutes safe relationships

Recognising & Responding to Family Violence with Plunket, February 2024

Violence Free North Canterbury visited the North Canterbury Plunket team in February to provide practical skills and knowledge around recognising and responding to family violence in homes where a new baby has arrived. Every year, these nurses are invited into hundreds of homes to care for mums and their babies. For some families, these nurses may be the only support system they have. Providing free training for our community’s support organisations is a priority for the VFNC network and equipping them with the tools needed to recognise family violence and respond effectively is crucial. The Plunket team asked great questions throughout the session and commented how useful and relevant the training was for their day-to-day work.

If you would like to enquire about organising training for your organisation, contact Alyssa Bright (details below).

White Ribbon, November 2023

Every November, the Violence Free North Canterbury Network hosts a White Ribbon Campaign in our local high schools. White Ribbon Day, 25 November is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show they do not condone violence towards women.  
This year, the campaign was supported by the White Ribbon Riders, who visit two schools in North Canterbury (Kaiapoi High School and Cheviot Area School). Supported by members of the Network, the Riders shared the message of White Ribbon.
The Network also hosted a series of community and professional development talks with Jeremy Eparaima and a Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser on the front lawn of Council.

Youth-Focused Professional Development Training, October 2023

The Violence Free North Canterbury Network hosted a Youth-Focused Training Day forviolence prevention and support organisations in November. The day included presentations from Jim Sole from BrainWave Trust, speaking on the Impact of Violence on the Adolescent Brain and Brett Harvey, from Tāima Kōrero, who spoke about the Harmful Impact of Pornography.

The day also highlighted some of the Waimakariri’s youth support organisations – Aviva, Youth Services, and the Waimakariri Youth Council.


Family Violence referral/support agencies leaflet

For further information contact:

Alyssa Bright
Phone: 0800 965 468

Last reviewed date: 12 Mar 2024