Family violence prevention

Helping prevent family violence

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Activities include:

  • Coordination and support for the North Canterbury Family Violence Network
  • Facilitiation 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
  • Support for intiatives like Avivia's Men's Advocacy programme


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Breaking the cycle of family violence

The Family Violence Network has been supporting children, women, families and community organisations across Waimakariri for over 20 years.

The aim of the network is to work towards ending family violence in the Waimakariri District educating the community about family violence issues and enpowering the community to send the message that family violence is unacceptable.

Two key components of the Family Violence Network project work include:

  • Providing a range of professional development opportunities to upskill education and social service providers' staff to support those affected by all forms of family violence.
  • Raising awareness of family violence issues and the impact it has on our community through community groups and events. Focus is on what is family violence, how to recognise it, how to respond and what will happen if we take action.

For further information contact:

Natalie Paterson
Phone: 0800 965 468