“It’s not OK” Domestic Violence Campaign
On Sunday morning my wife Michelle and I went to Papamoa Plaza to join over 100 concerned locals to march peacefully raising awareness of family violence. It was the “Family Violence – it’s not OK!” Day and was a very special way to spend Sunday morning. After the march we returned to the domain for a morning of music, Zumba and family laughter.
Everyone in our community has the right to feel safe in their homes, parents and children should not live in an environment where they are sick in their tummies with a fear that someone will strike out in uncontrolled anger. There is too much of this happening in Tauranga – over 250 police prosecutions for domestic violence since the start of the year.
It was great to see so many of our community agencies who braved the hot sun to promote opportunities for real conversations for families who might find themselves in this position. That included, of course both those who live in fear of being abused and more importantly the ones whose volcanic anger is simmering and awaiting a trigger.
We are all in this together. Family violence is not something for other families have to confront and deal with. If we see it, or hear it, we must act, because if we look away, we are not playing our part. Just today, in the CBD a number of people ran to the aid of a female passer-by because her partner was screaming at her – their arrival instantly calming the situation.
I love this place, I love our community, but 250 families in less than 2 months is far too high! Let’s get involved and address this problem.