This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted Gandhi Nivas staff, counsellors, researchers and Police liaison at Government House Auckland.
Gandhi Nivas offers early intervention programmes to prevent the escalation of family violence, working on the principle that it is better to have a fence at the top of the cliff rather than at the bottom. Gandhi Nivas operates three houses in the Auckland region, where men are offered accommodation and counselling 24/7, while their families back in the family home are also offered support.
Massey researchers have been following the programme closely and the results are very promising. It is hoped that the model can be applied in other regions in New Zealand.