Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) says White Ribbon Day reinforces value of University's Family Violence Project

25 November 2015
Three students and two staff members with arms crossed
Family violence - It's Not OK

November 25 is White Ribbon Day, designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika has developed the University’s Family Violence Project. The project includes a policy, guidelines, training, resources, and a comprehensive website linking to internal and external support.

The Family Violence Project reinforces the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable for staff and students.

Family violence is unacceptable. Every person is entitled to respect, and to live free from fear and abuse. Family violence can take many forms, including physical, psychological, sexual, financial or spiritual abuse. The University has a legal obligation to ensure a safe and healthy work and learning environment, and a safe and healthy living environment for those in University accommodation.

Trudie McNaughton, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity), says the Family Violence Project has been highly consultative, involving stakeholders across the University and in the wider community. She says the new resources support those who directly experience family violence, those who know someone affected by such abuse, and those who want to stop using violence.

“Family violence can happen to anyone. It affects people of all ages, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and of any gender, sexual identity or gender identity,” says Trudie. “White Ribbon Day is a sobering reminder of the impact of family violence in the community. The University’s Family Violence Project will help address this problem.”

To learn more visit the Family Violence website: www.equity.auckland.ac.nz/itsnotok