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October 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM

GRG Founder Calls for Better Support for the “Unsung Heroes”:

Over 95% of the 6000 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ works with have the children in their care because of a traumatic incident or family breakdown.

“A lot of [the children] have got special needs, a lot of them are globally delayed and a lot of them are angry. Unfortunately they blame themselves for their parents not caring for them,” says Founder of GRG Trust NZ, Diane Vivian, appearing on the Good Morning show on TVNZ today with fellow trustee David White, to raise awareness of the grandparent caregiver phenomenon.

This week is Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Awareness and Appeal Week.

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Officer who assaulted women still at work:

An Auckland police officer has been accused of two counts of assaulting a woman, but remains at work.

Constable Alfred Punia Faireka, 39, has been a police officer for more than 10 years but now faces the prospect of losing his job and up to two years in jail on each charge.

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Riding to make a difference:

White Ribbon ambassador Colin Agnew rides to make a difference in the battle against family violence.

Nelson-born Agnew has been riding in the annual Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club Armistice Poker rides for the last seven years and began the South Island division which started in 2011.

The ride from Nelson to Golden Downs on November 7 is in its tenth year and will be raising funds for the White Ribbon Foundation.

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Reeva Steenkamp's mother delivers slain daughter's domestic violence speech:

The mother of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend delivered the speech her daughter wrote and had planned to give at a South African school on the day she was killed.

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Tony Veitch apologises for 'stupid' Facebook post:

Tony Veitch has apologised for a Facebook post which caused outrage on social media for its flippant wording on the issue of domestic violence.

The broadcaster started his 12pm radio show by saying: "I just want to absolutely apologise for the post I made on my Facebook page earlier this week.

"I did not think it through fully before I posted it and that was stupid, it was inappropriate and it was totally insensitive on my part. 

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Domestic violence within Pasifika communities drops:

Naenae's Sina and Lupe Palu used to be at each other's throats daily – now they spread the word against domestic violence.

The Tongan-born couple's resolution to change their ways now appears to be part of a wider cultural phenomenon, and has left experts searching for answers as to why it is happening.

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Ex-Bulldog Hazem El Masri and new wife split before domestic violence claim:

Former Bulldogs star Hazem El Masri had separated from his wife three months before an alleged domestic violence incident on Monday night, Fairfax Media can reveal.

The 39-year-old had been married to former receptionist Douah El-Cherif, 25, for just over a year but the relationship had disintegrated by July, two separate sources have confirmed.

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Over 1/3 of women are victims of violence - UN:

Women worldwide live longer lives and are more educated than at any time in the past 20 years, but more than a third have been victims of violence, a UN report said Tuesday.

The findings are contained in The World's Women, a five-year study providing an up-to-date, global picture of the progress of women and girls on critical issues in their lives.

The sweeping study, the sixth to be released by the United Nations, includes new data on women's unpaid work and on violence against women, an issue that was not even monitored 20 years ago, said researcher Francesca Grum.

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The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse celebrates 10 years:

Today the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) is celebrating 10 years of facilitating access to up-to-date information that contributes to eliminating family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) is the national centre for family and whānau violence research and information, based at the University of Auckland.

The role of the Clearinghouse is to provide access to high quality information about family violence to people who work in the field. This includes ways to most effectively respond to people affected by violence. The Clearinghouse also promotes understanding of how to prevent violence.

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