Family violence doesn't take a holiday
TVNZ Breakfast show (Thursday 15th December) featured Brian Gardner, manager of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services. Brian discussed some of the risk factors including family expectations of providing for families, as well as other warning signs and supportive actions families can take to mitigate Christmas stress escalating to violent situations.
Click here to access the article and video segment via TVNZ
New Zealand Police have released several messages of concern and wishes for violence free Christmases. Counties Manukau Police have taken a particularly innovative approach to the problem, delivering flyers to 1500 homes in the Counties Manukau district.
Click here to access the NZ Police article "Violent-free Christmas is the best gift"
Click here to access the Counties Manukau "Dear Mummy and Daddy" initiative
The It's Not OK campaign has released a plea to 'Make Christmas more than OK'. The Campaign web page adds to its wealth of supportive information for those struggling with family violence, and encourages people to reach out to help families we know.
Click here to link to "Make Christmas more than OK"
Child Matters has released a Holiday announcement detailing 8 tips for Keeping Kids Safe this Holiday Season. The tips include information regarding drinking around children, babysitting, sleepovers, and activities such as camping, internet use and swimming.
Click here to access the tips on the Child Matters web page