If you're witnessing an abusive or potential abusive event, before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe. If the situation is already physically violent or looks like it’s escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Police. The only effective bystander intervention is a *nonviolent one*. If you try to “rescue” a victim or fight off an abuser, you’ll not only be endangering yourself, but the abuser might take out their anger on the victim later making them possibly more isolated and less likely to seek help later on.
A story of child abuse and recovery.
The It’s not OK campaign has launched a Local Government Toolkit to support local bodies to reduce family violence across New Zealand.
It's not OK campaign news for March - May 2016
I don't know when I lost myself.
When the beatings became normal,
I forgot my name.
*Keeping Safe Feeling Safe* is a project by People First to help safeguard vulnerable adults from abuse. Two resources are available in easy read formats to help with understanding and reporting bullying, abuse and neglect.