Champions of Kapiti Campaign
The Champions of Kapiti Project aims to provide messages through local people in the community (Champions) that all forms of family violence is not ok and that help is available.. The national It's Not Ok Campaign has helped to set up Champion Campaigns across New Zealand, it has been very successful in other regions – with an increased awareness of family violence and a significant decrease in family violence in these areas.
Police Investigated 118,910 incidents of Family Violence in New Zealand in 2016. In Kapiti, Police undertook 905 family violence investigations. Given that 76% of family violence incidents are not reported to the police - it is clear that Family Violence is a large issue in New Zealand and Kapiti. It is present across all sectors of the community and can take the form of physical, psychological, and economic abuse.
No one should be fearful of their partner or anyone in their family. Everyone in a family or in a relationship has the right to feel safe and nurtured.
Our first Champions of Kapiti are committed to encouraging people to talk about family violence. They are here to listen, support and if needed link people to additional local support. We know it is often difficult to talk about - but we hope that if all of us start talking change will be possible.
Our Champions of Kapiti
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Elan Van Mills
For General Info about the Champions of Kapiti Project or to get a Champion to contact you directly:
Contact Ross McCracken : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the Kapiti News for photographing the Champions
Family Violence Support:
If you are in immediate danger dial 111 and ask for the Police
Family Violence Information Line: 0800 456 450
Women’s Refuge National Helpline Crisis Line: 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843
Kapiti Police Station (Family Violence Coordinator) 021 1902492 (text only) or 04 2125231
Kapiti Living Without Violence (04) 298 1404
Child Youth and Family 0508 326 459
Victim Support 0800 842 846
Te Haika (Mental Health) 0800 745 477
A Safe Kapiti 04 297 3142