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Violence Free Waitakere believes the key to violence prevention in the home, school or neighbourhood is through intervention, before it has a chance to be in crisis. Early Childhood intervention through education programmes for children and their parents, building up community resilience through relationship building events and teaching children and the community how to resolve issues around bullying and conflicts are ways in which we can prevent violence.

Our projects such as Toddler Day Out & Great Parenting Fair, Our Amazing Place Community Treasure Hunts, and Banishing Bullying Together, are just some of the ways in which we outreach to our wider community and make a difference.   Our commitment is to refining great programmes or events, researching their effectiveness and creating clear operations manuals which can be easily transferred to other areas and communities. These successful programmes and events are now happening nationwide.

We have always placed a strong emphasis on the importance of collaboration and this has proven to be the best formula, with up to 80 participating agencies and community organisations working with families at the Toddler Day Out event, with up to 11,000 in attendance. Our Amazing Place events also include multiple organisations, citizens and community groups, who love where they live and the people in it. Engagement and collaboration make for resilient communities.

We also have created a wonderful resource, called Jade Speaks Up, which is helping children around the issues of domestic violence, giving them education and tools to help deal with frightening situations and how to keep themselves safe.

We invite you have a look at who we are and what we are doing, along with some of our past achievements and future plans:

Geoff Bridgman- Lecturer Dept of Social Practice Unitec and
Chair of Violence Free Waitakere:   How Do We Know It's Working.pdf

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Violence Free Waitakere Information Brochure.pdf

 We invite you to have a look at our Annual Reports:

AGM Final Report 2014.pdf   
AGM Final Report 2013.pdf 

VFW Constitution:

VFW Constitution.pdf