On Tuesday the 26th of August, Council of Social Services Dunedin and Nicola Atwool from the University of Otago facilitated a forum to discuss the People’s Report and Family Violence. This outlined recent findings and research to show what the current situation is and in what direction New Zealand is heading.
This was a huge success. Nine organisations spoke to an audience of over 50 people, sharing information about what they do and the work they face in the current environment. This was highly informative and thought provoking, raising a lot of questions about what the future can bring. Current issues were raised and discussion was had on where Dunedin can go from here. The majority agreeing that action is needed now; that we need to be proactive and begin collaborating.
The organisations that spoke were Chatbus, Te Whare Pounamu, Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga, Ministry of Social Development, Child Youth and Family, Police, Age Concern, Dunedin Community Law Centre and Stopping Violence Dunedin.
It was great to hear the shared focus of collaboration being discussed and emphasised. We need to be proactive not reactive. Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence launched their new campaign which provides one way of doing this; Families free from Violence.
Nicola Atwool made it into the local paper the next day with an article in the Otago Daily Times. You can read the article by clicking here.
Please don’t forget to come along to Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence’s ”Families Celebrating Father’s Day” event THIS SUNDAY 9am till 4pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium.