The Southland Respect Network and Safe in the South’s Southland Champions Campaign exhibition was opened at the South Alive Community ArtSpace gallery last week.
Part of a nation-wide campaign and the “It’s not OK” anti-violence/bullying campaign, more than 25 Southland champions are featured on posters, alongside their profiles and reasons for being a champion.
Community champions are available to support people, whether they are victims or perpetrators of family violence, or anyone who knows of someone who is involved in family violence, and can also direct them towards expert help.
To become a champion, each person passed police checks and received training.
At the exhibition’s opening on Sunday, Southland Respect Network project manager Karen Ave said more than 25 Southland champions had already stood up, done the training, and could now help in the community.
“The target is for 50 champions to begin with, then hundreds,” she said.
Champion Darren Ludlow said the main message is… whether you are a victim or a perpetrator, “It’s okay to ask for help”.
The exhibition will run until Sunday, November 26.