South Auckland college says no to community violence

JESS MCALLEN
Last updated 12:42 23/07/2014

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A South Auckland college has become the first school to implement the "It's not OK" campaign in a bid to prevent family violence in its community.

Mangere College students have volunteered to become "champions" who students suffering from violence at home can approach for advice on how and where to seek support.

Elements of the "It's not OK" campaign have also been embedded into the curriculum and a student-designed billboard depicting the school's stance against family violence was unveiled today.

Student "champion", Desaray Williams said she was shocked by the rates of family violence in New Zealand.

"We want to make a difference in our community and spread awareness of how others can be part of the solution to this issue, which affects every community," she said.

"We challenge other schools to join the campaign and create communities that are free from family violence."

The "It's not Ok" campaign is a nationwide initiative driven by local communities to reduce family violence.

It aims to change attitudes and behaviour that tolerate any kind of family violence.

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