Family Violence requires a collaborative approach
White Ribbon Chair, Judge Peter Boshier, has applauded the decision of the New Zealand Police to engage further with
“Working collaboratively is at the heart of how White Ribbon operates,” says Judge Boshier. “By tapping into experts who
sit outside your organisation, you can significantly enhance your knowledge and understanding of an issue, and as an
added bonus receive free and frank advice.
“Our own experience is that we have a committee made up of experts and agencies who volunteer their time to provide
advice to the White Ribbon Campaign. That keeps us focused and in touch with the issues of communities.
“White Ribbon believes New Zealand needs considerable attitudinal change, and that must take place with our men.
“It is a sad but undeniable truth that the most serious and damaging violence is perpetrated by men against women, and
that all men must take responsibility for changing this.
“The days of saying ‘it’s not my problem’ are over. As men, we must take responsibility for changing the attitudes and
behaviour of other men. There is no other choice if we are ever to significantly reduce the appalling family violence
statistics in this country.
“We can be justifiably proud of how well New Zealand achieves in any numbers of arenas, but there can be no room for
pride when the police indicate that there were 94,300 family violence incidents reported last year. The statistics are
horrific and we must do more.
“It is a sad indictment that family violence may well be the single greatest social issue we have to address in this