Our children are our future, and we have the awesome responsibility of being their guardians. Parenting is also a lot of fun, if we allow it to be. Often we feel powerless to change behaviour that we see as “bad”, or we feel frustrated at children who won’t “do what they’re told”. Continue reading “Better parenting”
The Domestic Violence Act 1995 marked a new era in dealing with family violence when it came into force on July 1 in 1996. It is the primary legal weapon for fighting family violence. Continue reading “The domestic violence act”
Good parents – those who provide a caring and loving environment for their children – have nothing to fear from the law change designed to keep kids safe. Continue reading “Aiming to keep kids safe”
Just as violence towards women is hugely under-reported, violence inflicted on men by women is also an often untold story. Men also sometimes feel as if they can’t talk about it when it happens and they can feel helpless to do anything because it might not be believed. Continue reading “Victims of violence – not just women and children”
We all have a part to play in our community. Here are some ways you can help make safer communities in New Zealand and people who can help you.
Helping to keep our children safe KOS (Keeping Ourselves Safe) is a positive personal safety programme aimed at giving children and young people the skills to cope with situations that might entail abuse. It will help them keep children safe when they meet other people. KOS was developed in response to an increased awareness and concern among teachers and Police for young people to be protected from abuse.
In an emergency, or you need help, the Police will ensure the immediate safety of children. If a child is considered to be at risk, attending Police will liaise directly with the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Service, who will decide what action to take. Continue reading “Those who can help”
The phone book.
Each phone book has a Personal Help Services Page. You need to look up the index at the front of the book for that page number.
In an emergency – don’t muck about – Dial 111.
It is often said that New Zealand’s most violent places are its homes. Like many “often-saids”, it’s an exaggerated generalisation. New Zealand homes are mostly safe and peaceful. Some homes, however, are violent and abusive places, where physical, emotional and psychological wounds are inflicted on family members – too often children. Continue reading “Family violence is a crime”
Violence in families is not OK, and it should never be ignored because “it’s just a domestic”. Statistics show family violence accounts for more than half of all violent crime reported in New Zealand. Continue reading “Family violence is not ok”