Friends and Whanau
It’s hard to know what to do when you know – or suspect – that a friend or family member is living with violence.
How do I know what is the right thing to do?
Should I say something or mind my own business?
We know that New Zealanders DO want to help.
We know that there are many actions that help. Sometimes just one action or comment can make the difference.
What’s important is HOW we approach people who are living with violence.
Adults affected by family violence feel a lot of shame whether they are being violent or being hurt. They need to make changes in their own time when they are ready.
Children need to be protected from violence happening in their homes – they need adults around them to keep them safe.
The sooner you reach out to someone who is being violent the sooner they can get help to change.
The sooner you reach out to someone living with family violence the sooner they can get help.