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White Ribbon Day Message Celebrated

White Ribbon Day Message Celebrated

Relationship Services has seen an increase in the number of people seeking help as a direct result of the campaign against family violence.

“People are talking about what is OK behaviour at home, at work, and in the community. They are promoting and joining in with White Ribbon Day activities across the country, and many are also seeking help with their own behaviour,” said Jeff Sanders, Relationship Services Chief Executive.

“We are delighted to have seen an increase in people, mainly men, seeking support to change their behaviour. We all know that violent behaviour is not OK, it’s great to watch the ground swell of everyday New Zealanders saying that.”

November 25 is International White Ribbon Day. “By wearing a white ribbon, people are speaking out against violence, particularly violence towards women,” said Mr Sanders

Often the motivation for people to make changes is the impact their behaviour has on their children. “We need to stop and think what we are teaching our children, our young boys about how to treat others.”

“Violence, be it hitting, intimidating or controlling another person, is not OK, and we need to celebrate and support those people who are wanting to change their behaviour.”

Relationship Services knows that people can change, and to live non-violently. “Through our Stopping Violence programmes and counselling, we support many people who are learning new non-violent ways to relate to their family. It can be done,” said Mr Sanders.

As well as Stopping Violence programmes, Relationship Services provides individual and couple counselling, and support programmes for all affected by family violence. Last year it worked with over 27,000 people, couples and individuals from all walks of life throughout New Zealand.

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