Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP)

Kiribati WR Day Poster

Kiribati White Ribbon Day Poster

White Ribbon exists all around the world, and in the Pacific our own NZ Police play a vital role in educating and changing the culture of violence.

“Our focus is on the pacific police partnering with their community and NGO’s for activities,” says Cam Ronald, Programme Manager. “In the first few years the focus was on parades, banners, t-shirts and the like, but we are now focused on community activities and wider awareness-raising throughout the whole year.

“The initial focus on parades meant that in many cases it was a one-day event.  Thus we endeavoured to have our PPDVP NZ Police members deployed in “their countries” over this time. In some places they have achieved a “Governor’s Declaration on Domestic Violence” as an outcome, so there have been some terrific tangible results.

This anti-violence work has become embedded in the pacific. In 2012 the AFP joined the work and now contributes financially.  Each year funds are distributed from the New Zealand Aid Programme and Australian Aid Programme in the region.

“This year, we have again sought ideas and invited applications for funds from the 18 countries in the region and a number of applications have already been received.  Our aim is to keep community awareness going throughout the year and build on the work already achieved.

“PPDVP has taken the opportunity to bring “sporting champions” into the mix as part of a wider awareness campaign on violence aimed at young men and boys. Using these sporting personalities resonates with the target audience and captures the attention of men and boys. So far it’s been a tremendous success.

“It is our belief that it’s men that need to change if we are to reduce violence and alter attitudes. We’re committed to assisting in the Pacific to drive that change.” says Cam.


Mayors Sign The White Ribbon Pledge

The White Ribbon Pledge will feature in the November 25 edition of the Sunday Star Times

Mayors throughout New Zealand have taken The Pledge ‘to never commit condone or remain silent about violence towards women’.

  • Join our civic leaders and take the pledge by wearing a White Ribbon, or using facebook to show your support.
  • Click here to use twibbon to put an overlay on your Facebook profile picture and show your support to all your friends.
  • Join the White Ribbon mailing list here.
  • Donate to White Ribbon here.

The White Ribbon team appreciates all your support as we work together to end men’s violence towards women. It’s been a fantastic campaign with hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders participating . Now as we celebrate White Ribbon Day on November 25 – let’s not for one moment believe the mission is completed.

This year an average of 14 women will die, while over 3,500 convictions will be recorded against men for assaults on women while one in three women will experience partner violence at some point in their lives.

We must change the attitudes which allow this violence to continue and that means taking action if you know or suspect violence is occurring.

No longer can we say it’s ok when we know that violence taking place. The White Ribbon Pledge asks us ‘to never remain silent’, for silence breeds violence. As men please use your collective voices to make our message heard – that violence against women is not ok, and that we all have a collective responsibility.

This year we’ve asked if you’re ‘man enough’ because we believe that being a man has nothing to do with violence. The White Ribbon kaupapa encourages healthy relationships built on love and respect. We promote these beliefs through our White Ribbon Ambassadors, the White Ribbon Riders and through the support of you the public, whether by attending White Ribbon Events, wearing the ribbon or taking The Pledge.

Thank you for your support, but please don’t let this issue fall off the radar. Please wear your white ribbon not just today, but 365 days a year and live The Pledge.

Rob McCann
White Ribbon Campaign Manager