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PM to open family violence summit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Bill English © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Bill English The government is holding a national Family Violence Summit in Wellington on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Bill English opening it and two cabinet ministers speaking.

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced the summit in March, saying police were responding to a family violence incident every five minutes.

"Across New Zealand there are large numbers of people working hard every day to combat this horrific form of abuse," they said.

"The summit will bring together people from the sector to continue the conversation around how we break the pattern of family violence and reduce the harm."

The ministers said agency and non-government organisation responses to family violence were "typically siloed" and the summit would aim to achieve a more joined-up approach.

Ms Adams and Mrs Tolley will speak at the summit on Wednesday.

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