Wouldn't it be great to live in an environment where there is no family violence? That has been the focus of two of the community events I have attended this week, one with White Ribbon and the other with Shakti.
Domestic violence is something that happens in homes across the country and we need to speak out about it - men, women, families and neighbours. White Ribbon's message about ensuring Dads have the skills and confidence to talk to their sons about creating respectful relationships with women, strikes a chord with me.
As a Dad of two boys, I support this message and it is certainly something I hope to instill in my boys.
National made tackling family violence and reducing the harm it causes a key priority of our government. We introduced the Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill, which made the most significant reforms to our family violence system in two decades.
We piloted the Integrated Safety Response in Christchurch and the Waikato, which changes the way family violence is responded to on the front line. By August this year the pilot had helped more than 30,000 people.
I hope the new government continue to progress the significant work National did to start reducing family violence and make a difference to the lives of victims and their families.
We have a lot of great organisations in Tauranga that are here to help and I am very grateful for the work they do for us.