NZ Defence Force supports Itís not OK
03 July 2012Roadside billboards featuring New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been put up in Upper Hutt.
The new billboards are alongside those of All Black Cory Jane, and linked to the Upper Hutt City Council's campaign against family violence.
Last December, the Defence Force launched its own campaign against family violence.
Posters and brochures about family violence have been disseminated in camps and bases throughout the country. Online information about warning signs of family violence and where to seek help have also been made available to personnel.
"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.
"This show of support from the NZ Defence Force is a big boost for our campaign," Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy said.
"We congratulate the NZ Defence Force for showing leadership on this issue. By raising awareness about family violence within the NZ Defence Force and by joining the Upper Hutt City's campaign, they have shown true commitment to reducing New Zealand's high rates of family violence," said Murray Edridge, Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
The new billboards are supported by the It's not OK Campaign.