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White Ribbon relay helps fight domestic violence
16 Nov 2015

Already the White Ribbon relay event has become a firm favourite on the calendar for many New Plymouth people.

Grant Coward says elder abuse rife in Taranaki
15 Jun 2015

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Sadly, it could just as easily be subtitled "and Taranaki's got nothing to be proud of".

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'Roast Busters' Not Only Auckland Issue
2nd January 2014

The stories we read in the Taranaki Daily News on a regular basis show that the type of behaviour highlighted by the recent "Roast Busters" story is not limited to Auckland.

The stories we read in the Taranaki Daily News on a regular basis show that the type of behaviour highlighted by the recent "Roast Busters" story is not limited to Auckland.

A Taranaki teenager pleaded guilty to filming two of his friends with a girl at a party. Further charges have still to be heard in court.

The Roast Busters case, which also involved filming and social media, has been the talk of the nation recently.

It's clear some young men believe it's OK to take advantage of young women. Where are they getting this attitude? We all have to work together to build a culture where this behaviour is not OK.

Taranaki Safe Families Trust is a network of organisations working to prevent violence in families.

Violence of any kind against women is never OK whether it's within the family or in teenage social groups.

We abhor the behaviour of the Roast Busters and urge anyone who knows this behaviour is happening in Taranaki to speak up and involve police or a local social service.

TSFT aims to turn the tide against family violence by creating a community which does not tolerate or condone abuse towards women in any form. The trust works with businesses, clubs and community groups to educate people about identifying harmful behaviour and where to get help.

Family violence accounts for 50 per cent of calls received by New Plymouth police. Investigations suggest only 20 per cent of cases are reported, so it's clear it's a serious problem in our region.

We are working to create long-term social change - if we make violence unacceptable in families we believe this will make violence, including sexual violence, not accepted by our young people.

For more information please phone the Taranaki Safe Families Trust on 06 759 1492

Callum Williamson is the Taranaki Safe Families Trust co-ordinator