$1.7m funding boost for domestic violence organisation

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Friday, 17 August 2018, 7:04a.m.
Last year it saw over 400 men, and offered counselling to over 80 percent of their families. Photo \ NZ Herald

An organisation which provides support to domestic violence victims and the perpetrators has been given a $1.7 million funding boost.

Gandhi Nivas provides emergency housing and intervention counselling for the offenders, which allows the victim to stay at home with the family.

Last year it saw over 400 men, and offered counselling to over 80 percent of their families.

Founder Ranjna Patel told Kate Haweksby they also need to work with children, to change intergenerational behaviour.

"If a girl sees the mum tolerating dad hitting, it's normalised and if a boy thinks well dad did it and mum tolerated, so it's normal."

LISTEN ABOVE AS RANJNA PATEL SPEAKS WITH KATE HAWKESBY

HOW TO GET HELP

If you're in danger NOW:

• Phone the police on 111 or ask neighbours of friends to ring for you • Run outside and head for where there are other people • Scream for help so that your neighbours can hear you • Take the children with you • Don't stop to get anything else • If you are being abused, remember it's not your fault. Violence is never okay

Where to go for help or more information:

• Women's Refuge: Free national crisisline operates 24/7 - 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843 www.womensrefuge.org.nz • Shine, free national helpline 9am- 11pm every day - 0508 744 633 www.2shine.org.nz • It's Not Ok: Information line 0800 456 450 www.areyouok.org.nz • Shakti: Providing specialist cultural services for African, Asian and Middle Eastern women and their children. Crisisline 24/7 0800 742 584 • Ministry of Justice: www.justice.govt.nz/family-justice/domestic-violence • National Network of Stopping Violence: www.nnsvs.org.nz • White Ribbon: Aiming to eliminate men's violence towards women, focusing this year on sexual violence and the issue of consent. www.whiteribbon.org.nz

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