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Friendly faces . . . Nine of Gore’s family violence champions (back from left) Jacqui Fairbairn, Eleanor Ranstead, Sam Munroe, Daniel Butler, Gore deputy mayor Bronwyn Reid (front left) John Ranstead and Mallory Hood hold the posters of themselves which will be displayed in venues throughout East ern and Northern South land. The posters will identify the champions who can be approached by those who are victims of family violence. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Posters with Gore’s family violence champions on them are appearing on walls and windows around the district and beyond.

At a launch of the project last week, the champions received a framed copy of the poster of themselves which will be displayed.

Gore and Clutha Women’s Refuge manager Sam Munroe said the posters of the champions would go up in businesses, sports clubs, schools and other public places so anyone who was a victim of family violence would know who in the community they could approach for help.

“The champions have trained to be able to understand and recognise somebody asking for help or somebody needing to talk regarding family violence,” Ms Munroe said.

“[The champions] can then refer them to the right people for support. ”

Victims of family violence might find it easier to ask for help if they knew one of the champions, she said.

There were 11 champions who lived in towns outside Gore including Edendale and Riversdale.

She would be closely monitoring the project to evaluate its effectiveness.

“We’ll see whether it’s working, what needs to be changed.”

The campaign should also identify gaps in the support available for people.

In five months the community would be invited to an event where results of the programme would be shared.

Gore deputy mayor Bronwyn Reid presented the champions with their posters.

Mrs Reid congratulated them.

“It’s a big thing to do and I admire you for that.

“I think you will find a lot of people will actually respond to those [posters], the fact you are prepared to do that.”