May 07, 2014
Men encouraged to step in
The White Ribbon anti-violence campaign has been set up as an independent body outside the Families Commission.
Trustee Mark Longley says an independent trust can better govern how it spreads the White Ribbon message of not committing, condoning or remaining silent about violence towards woman.
Mr Longley, whose daughter Emily was killed by a jealous English boyfriend three years ago today, says it’s a problem that goes across New Zealand society.
" Fourteen women a year die at the hands of their partner.1 in 3 women in all groups will suffer some form of domestic violence. Its a message that we are trying to spread to men, its a very simple message, that if you see this going on, if you see your mate behaving in a bad way toward women just to step in and say ' mate thats not acceptable or do you need help mate have you got anger issues'. It can be quite a simple intervention at times " he says.
Mark Longley says he doesn’t want any other families to go through what his family did with the death of Emily.
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