Violent beatings, abuse and living in fear is hidden in the shadows of the picturesque lakes and beaches of the Bay of Plenty. While many flock to the region to enjoy the outdoors, thousands are stuck in a cycle of torment and suffering behind closed doors. Last year, more people in the Bay of Plenty than anywhere else in the country were taken to court following a family harm investigation. Those on the front line are saying it is only getting more and more violent. Cira Olivier reports


Six cases of family harm are appearing in Bay of Plenty courts

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