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AMP gives $20,000 to help stop violence


Media Release
19 January 2001
AMP gives $20,000 to help stop violence

The National Network of Stopping Violence Services has received a $20,000 grant from the AMP Foundation, for the production of videos used in stopping violence programmes for New Zealanders.
Stopping Violence Services is a major national association of 35 community-based agencies that work to stop domestic violence and sexual offending.
Stopping Violence Services Executive Officer Paul Prestidge said the grant was extremely welcome. “The videos currently used are 10-20 years old and need replacing so that they are meaningful to the people we work with. We intend to make them more relevant, particularly for our Maori and women’s educational programmes, which we haven’t had anything specific for in the past.”
“Many people who attend our programmes have already been to others for help and are really at the end of the road. We find video to be a very successful medium for helping them to identify with their actions and emotions and make some real changes.”
The AMP grant, combined with $10,000 received from the JR McKenzie Trust, will enable Stopping Violence Services to produce a series of videos and guides by June 2001.
Recent evaluation prepared by Victoria University for the Department of Corrections shows that Stopping Violence programmes, within which these videos will be used, are making a positive difference.
AMP Henderson Global Investors Managing Director Catherine Savage said she was delighted that Stopping Violence Services was to receive the grant. “This is exactly the sort of group the AMP Foundation wants to support. They make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders affected by violence, and we want to support them.”
Stopping Violence Services provides support for member agencies, by developing and monitoring “best practice” standards, providing information and research, networking with Maori agencies and leaders, working with other community and Government agencies on policy, legislation and programmes to stop violence, and developing resources such as these videos.
This third grant of the AMP Foundation, since its New Zealand launch in May 2000, brings the total grants so far to over $100,000. The first two grants were made to Project K (a youth development programme) and the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of New Zealand.
For more information:
Jon Slack Paul Prestidge
Sponsorship Manager Executive Officer
AMP Financial Services National Network of Stopping Violence Services
Phone 04 498 8433
or 021 650 384 Phone 04 499 6384
or 025 529 556

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