Plunket, Awarua Social and Health Services, and Invercargill Police are working together in Southland to protect the region’s most vulnerable citizens from abuse by reducing incidents of family violence.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June which aims to connect at-risk families to the right kind of help when they find themselves in stressful situations which can lead to violence.
Better communication of information between the agencies will enable each of them to look at the complete health of a child and their relationships with their family. This collective information will make it easier to support the region’s vulnerable families to care for and raise their children safely.
A similar Memorandum of Understanding has been in place in Dunedin since 2009 and plans are in place for others to be introduced in rural Otago and Southland.