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Family safety scheme operating in Waikato

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

A new family violence network has been opened in Waikato, designed to deliver a rapid response and help keep people safe.

The Integrated Safety Response (IRS) brings together government agencies including the police, welfare, corrections and health, and specialist family violence NGOs.

The government is funding it with $1.4 million, and it's the second IRS pilot to start operating.

The first, in Christchurch, has been running since July.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the IRS pilots are critical to frontline delivery.

"Our family violence reforms are focused on building a system that is focused on better identifying risk and better targeting responses to affected families much sooner than has historically been the case," she said.

Police Minister Judith Collins says the Christchurch pilot is working well.

Information is shared between agencies, and Ms Collins says that led to a high-risk offender being arrested a block from his partner's address at 4am, less than 24 hours after his release from prison.

"A potential homicide was prevented," she said.

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