Media Release: Christchurch Mosque Shootings
As New Zealand faces the aftermath of today’s horrific shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, it is essential that we ensure places of worship are safe, and that Muslims and other communities of faith are not burdened with fear of violence.
It is normal for the events in Christchurch to cause feelings of distress and uncertainty. We recommend that people talk to one another, listen to one another, and vocalise how they feel. Members of our organisation, as well as psychologists, counsellors and other professionals, are standing ready to provide advice and guidance.
The Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals supports and develops the study and management of threatening individuals and behaviours, and seeks evidence-based solutions to the prevention of violence based on hatred. Please remember that extreme violence and public attacks are rare. Unfortunately, these recent events may inspire others to act in a similar manner, or voice their support for violence and hate crimes on social media. We would urge the public to bear in mind that the majority of the population does not support these acts.
If you notice any suspicious activity, please report to your local authorities. If you need personal support, get in touch with psychological services in your area. Refer to your local authorities for any updates and changes to the threat level in your area.
Here is a link to useful fact sheets on the Australian Government's 'Living Safe Together' website where you can access tailored information, advice and support for health professionals regarding radicalisation to violent extremism.
For 24/7 support in New Zealand contact 0508 TAUTOKO (0508 828865).
For 24/7 support in Australia contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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