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September 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Young kiwi mum Tara Brown dies after attack on Gold Coast road:

Family members have paid tribute to slain mum-of-one Tara Brown on social media.

Ms Brown, 24, died last night of injuries she suffered during a brutal road rage attack on the Gold Coast. Her ex-partner Lionel Patea has been charged with murder. The pair are both Kiwis but have been living on the Gold Coast.

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Green light for initiative to continue:

An initiative set up in Palmerston North to combat family violence has received the green light to continue. 

Set up initially on a three-month trial period, the idea behind the initiative was police would get in touch with victims of family violence 24 to 48 hours after the event, and would involve local organisations who could also offer support. 

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Hutt audience has plenty to say as Amy Adams outlines domestic violence changes:

The upset and division caused by family violence, and the difficulty of dealing with it, was evident at a public meeting in Lower Hutt last Monday.

Justice Minister Amy Adams spoke about a discussion document she launched in August, which looks at the way the law prevents and responds to domestic violence, and proposes changes.

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Hope for consensus on new domestic violence reforms:

The Justice Minister's looking to get a multi-party agreement as she plans sweeping reforms of domestic violence laws.

Consultation on changes to the current regime closes in a matter of weeks with the Minister intending to have legislation before Parliament next year.

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Treatment programme a good fit for children:

Dapaanz media release – embargoed until 4.15pm, 3 September 2015

There is ample evidence and widespread agreement that we are unlikely to improve outcomes for children in high risk families, including those where children have been place in state care, by focusing on a subset of issues alone, the Cutting Edge addiction conference was told today in Nelson.

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Couple who abused twins jailed for neglect:

Police believe one of the parents of 10-week-old twins found with multiple fractures to their limbs caused the injuries.

The parents, who cannot be named to protect the twins' identity, were sentenced to prison in the High Court in Auckland today on two charges of neglect.

However, they've never been charged with injuring the twins, who were found with dozens of fractures to their arms, legs, ribs and one of the twins' skulls in April 2012.

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Family violence review submissions closing soon:

New Zealanders have two more weeks to have their say about how we can strengthen our family violence laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says.

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Fiji Report: New domestic violence figures shock but fresh hopes on youth activism:

Sixty four percent of women in Fiji suffer violence making it one of the worst countries in the world for domestic abuse say gender rights advocates.

According to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) with figures released at a seminar at the University of the South Pacific this week, 756 new domestic violence cases have been recorded from January to July this year.

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Violent offender on th erun after removing ankle bracelet:

Police are hunting for violent offender Casey Cowan who has removed his electronically monitored anklet in Avondale.

The 44-year-old man was in breach of his home detention conditions, police said.

He removed the anklet about midday on Thursday, police said.

Cowan was sentenced to six months home detention in the North Shore District Court after being convicted of committing violent offences, police said.

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Anton Blank: Maori bias colours CYF decisions:

We must create strategies to address negative ethnic stereotypes which result in too many tamariki put into care, writes Anton Blank. The Children's Commissioner's report on Child, Youth and Family reveals a familiar pattern of over-representation of Maori within the system, for all the wrong reasons. 

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