Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Personal touch helps ease tension for families

Personal touch helps ease tension for families

Police around the country have been trying a more personal approach to help families have a peaceful, non-violent holiday period.

"For some families this time of year is one filled with fear and violence instead of happiness," says Acting Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls.

Police will have attended some 11,000 incidents involving family violence by the time the December -January period is over.

"Police family violence co-ordinators have worked closely with partner agencies and community groups in their respective districts to try and make this Christmas/New Year a peaceful one for families in their communities," Mr Nicholls said.

"Police in some parts of the country have found the personal approach to families in their communities has really had an impact and they have repeated the initiatives this year."

"In Hastings police and partner agencies called on 20 at-risk families with information and food parcels to help out over Christmas, an approach that was successful last year.

"Another strategy has been delivering families a Christmas card with a Christmas message and information to encourage a peaceful festive season."

"At this time of year we want people to really think about their behaviour and how it could affect family holiday time, and importantly to understand that help is available if things are going badly."

"If things are going badly and you or someone you know needs help, there is help available," Mr Nicholls said.

You can contact police by getting in touch with your local police station or dialling 111 in an emergency.

Other agencies that can help are:

Women's Refuge Call 0800 Refuge for help and support.

Family Violence It's Not OK (9am -11pm) 0800 456 450

Victim Support 0800 842 846

Crime Stoppers If you don't want to go to police, or you don't want to identify yourself call Crimestoppers to give information anonymously - 0800 555 111 or go to www.crimestoppers-nz.org

For more information and advice on family violence visit www.areyouok.org.nz

"I would like to remind everyone in the community that we all need to take a personal approach to reduce family violence," said Mr Nicholls.

“Family violence survives when there is silence – when people believe that it’s private and personal, that it’s not their business."

“If you have concerns about someone who may be a victim of violence these holidays, speak out. Talk to your local police about it.

“People in the community together with police and other agencies can help prevent tragedies. By contacting Police about your concerns, it provides a greater opportunity for early intervention and helps us keep victims safe and hold violent offenders accountable for their actions.

We wish families a safe and peaceful break," Mr Nicholls said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>

 

National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>

ALSO:

Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>

ALSO:

Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>

ALSO:

Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels