If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, contact one of these agencies for help
- It’s not OK campaign Family Violence Information Line 0800 456 450
- Women’s Refuge crisis line 0800 733 843
- National Network Stopping Violence Services website nnsvs.org.nz
Check out these articles for useful information and advice on taking action. We encourage you – make a call on inappropriate behaviour. Don’t stay silent.
- Change your behaviour
- Nine common myths and misconceptions
- Practical things men can do
- Thirteen steps men can take
- Where to go for help
Cool heads, warm hearts and loving hands make for safe, nurturing families.
We all want our mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends to be safe and to have great relationships with their partners and families. As men, we can help achieve this by actively taking responsibility to help end men’s violence against women. For some, this may mean taking a close look at our own behaviour and making some changes. For others it may be helping a friend or someone else in our family to get help.
‘Man up’ and be a good mate – Alfred’s story
Alfred and his wife Mokauina have four children.
He knows what being a good mate means. “A good mate looks after his mates even if that means standing up to him and holding your ground.”
Alfred knows this first hand. He saw a close friend reach boiling point at a barbecue and knew he had to get involved or let his friend’s family get hurt.
“He was sounding really angry. You know how your friends sound, and you know when the tone is different. This was different. I could hear his voice change and I just knew it meant he would hurt someone. I had to make a decision about what to do. “As a guy I could easily have just said – nup, none of my business. Or I could ‘man up’ and tell him it’s not OK to intimidate his partner. “So I took my mate aside and said this is no good, there’s got to be a better way. “It isn’t about being judgemental; it’s about supporting people to make changes and then standing by to make sure they can keep it up. “The good thing is he got help. We are still mates today. I’m still welcome at his home. “Saying something is better than doing nothing.“We all need to take a stand and say it’s not OK, but it is OK to ask for help.”