Extended whanau need to take responsibility, speak up and take a stand against domestic violence in an effort to stamp it out, a Maori leader says.
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu chairman Mark Solomon said extended whanau members who turned a blind eye to family abuse perpetuated the violence.
''It is our responsibility as whanau members, we need to speak up,'' he told the Jigsaw conference in central Christchurch this morning.
''If we as family tell the perpetrators 'this is unacceptable within our family' then we have a chance of stopping it. But as long we keep turning our back, it will continue.''
Maori abuse of children was a learned behaviour and was not traditional, Solomon said.
''We've learnt this behaviour and we now need to unlearn it.''
Jigsaw is a family violence prevention network of 42 social service agencies working to prevent all forms of child abuse, family violence and neglect and to provide support to families.
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