Family Violence Prevention

The Family Violence Network has been supporting children, women, families and community organisations across Waimakariri for over 15 years.

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Waimakariri District Council is a partner in Violence Free North Canterbury. 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 second Tuesday 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

Partner Agencies:


  • 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

Current Projects:

We are currently working on a number of projects to mark White Ribbon day (25 November)

Watch this space!

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Family Violence referral/support agencies leaflet

For further information contact:

Natalie Paterson
Phone: 0800 965 468