In the news: Zonta Club of Tauranga breaks the silence around gender-based violence

Domestic violence advocates and experts will break the silence around abuse towards women at an event in Tauranga this week.

At Breaking the Silence, organised by Zonta Club of Tauranga, New Zealand, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from four New Zealand leaders working alongside people who are the victims of domestic violence.

Zonta Club of Tauranga president Leigh Murdoch says the speakers will talk about the impact domestic violence can have on women, children, grandparents and the wider community.

Speakers include NZ Police family harm intervention coordinator for Western Bay of Plenty Adrian Tukaki and societal change leader at Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support Julie Sach.

Family violence activist David White will also speak at the forum. In 2009, David and Pam’s daughter Helen was murdered by her husband.

Once the trauma and drama of the Criminal Court process was over, David and Pam faced a further eight years in the Family Court settling disputes for the children.

David has written two books, “Helen. The Helen Meads Tragedy” and “Family Violence. Lifting New Zealand’s Dark Cloud.”

David has actively campaigned against Family Violence since 2011.

The event is being held as part of the Zonta International campaign 16 Days of Activism.

https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/257698-breaking-silence-on-domestic-violence.html

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