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July 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Fitness blogger reveals domestic violence horror:

An Irish fitness blogger has posted a disturbing video on social media, revealing a black eye and saying her partner punched her in the face.

Appearing in the now viral video, 26-year-old mother-of-two Emma Murphy described the beatings she received from the man she had thought of as the love of her life.

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Homicide enquiry launched after baby dies of head injury:

A homicide investigation has been launched after a 6-month-old baby girl died after sustaining head injuries in Wellington.

The baby was taken to Wellington Hospital from her Raumati Beach home at about 4.30pm on Monday after sustaining the "severe" head injury, said a statement from police.

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Christchurch boy dies from extremely violent assault:

The detective leading the investigation into the death of a 14-month-old baby says he has never seen such a serious attack on a child.

Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes suffered multiple blunt force fractures in an "extremely violent assault" at a Christchurch home, police say.

He was taken to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries about 10.40pm on Friday, but died shortly after.

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Increase in child abuse numbers 'dreadful':

The Government's latest report card for the public service shows an increase in the number of children and young people being assaulted - a trend that Labour describes as "dreadful".

One of National's 10 targets for the public service was to reduce the number of children being abused by 5 per cent, to approximately 3000 children, before 2017.

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'Wraparound' solution needed for family violence:

Addressing family violence that costs multi-millions and scars thousands in immeasurable ways should be a top government priority, says a Massey University clinical psychologist who has worked with domestic violence and child abuse victims here and in the US for the past 30 years.

Dr Ruth Gammon says there is a need to build a sense of hope for those shattered by family violence by better coordinating services to turn around New Zealand’s chronic family violence problem.

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Sexual violence rally in Kaikohe:

A victim of sexual abuse and perpetrator of domestic violence is calling together a rally against sexual violence.

Hone Mihaka, 53, is behind the MASSIVE (men against sexual violence) rally taking place on Kaikohe's Broadway on July 23 at 10am. This will then be followed by a community meeting at 6.30pm. All are invited.

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Matariki celebration to commemorate victims of violence:

At 1 pm on Sunday the 12th of July at Manurewa Marae, S.A.F.V.P.N (Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network) invites the community to participate in the release of 99 balloons to commemorate the 99 victims who have died as a result of Family Violence in New Zealand from 2013 – 2015. Over this same period there were 6 reported family-violence related deaths in the Counties Manukau area.

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Johnsonville stabbing victim Noel Hudson Garratt 'touched lives':

He is remembered across New Zealand and around the world as a dedicated man of God, who touched the lives of thousands of people. But this week Noel Hudson Garratt was stabbed to death during a rampage at his Johnsonville, Wellington home that also left four other people, including a nine-year-old boy and a neighbour, wounded.

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Violence charges against Police officer withdrawn:

A police officer accused of repeatedly beating a young girl will not stand trial after the Crown withdrew charges against him.

The officer - who is based in the North Island and has been involved in anti-family violence campaigns - was one of four extended family members accused of a six-year campaign of sustained violence against the child, who is now 13.

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