Whanganui groups explore family violence laws

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Sergeant Andy Reid and Detective Constable Marek Willis speaking at the Family Violence conference in Whanganui on Wednesday.
Sergeant Andy Reid and Detective Constable Marek Willis speaking at the Family Violence conference in Whanganui on Wednesday.

The Family Violence and Law seminar held at St Paul's Church in Whanganui on Wednesday was a chance for community and government agencies to get together and hear about each other's work.

Organised by Whanganui Women's Refuge and Community Legal Advice Whanganui (CLAW), the seminar included speakers from Women's Refuge, Police, Ministry of Justice, CLAW and Solicitor Sarah Little.

Women's Refuge manager Jo, said the seminar was a hugely positive experience for everyone involved.

Refuge workers spoke of their experiences with women dealing with family violence issues.
Whanganui Police child protection team leader Marek Willis and family violence intervention officer Andy Reid spoke about their roles.

"We talked about police powers under the Family Violence Act which include police powers, protection orders, police safety orders, parenting orders and how police bail and court bail work," said Sergeant Reid.

"There were some good questions and I have had some good feedback from the seminar."

Jo said she has also received very good feedback from the 35 people who attended from a number of agencies and she believes it will assist Whanganui groups to work together.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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