Defence Force supports It’s not OK - 6 August 2014

The New Zealand Defence Force has developed a nationwide strategy to increase understanding of family violence and encourage defence staff to ask for and offer It's Not OK - Defence Force messagehelp.

The strategy includes training for staff using a tailored package for use across the three services — Army, Navy and Air Force.

The aim is to educate those in a position to help people, such as medical and clinical staff, chaplains and community services staff, and also to identify champions within the Defence Force who can continue family violence prevention activities.

A comprehensive policy has been developed to ensure responses to disclosures of family violence are appropriate, and to encourage leadership on this issue.

Posters and brochures about family violence have been disseminated in camps and bases throughout the country. Information about warning signs of family violence and where to seek help are available to personnel online.

At Trentham Camp in the Hutt Valley, roadside billboards featuring New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been put up as part of the campaign.

"Family violence is a community issue and we in the NZ Defence Force can help prevent this by supporting initiatives in the wider community," Assistant Chief Personnel Cdre Kevin Keat said.

The five billboards feature champions from each of the three services within the NZ Defence Force — the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force.

One of the messages is 'Protecting our Country Starts with Protecting our Families'.


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