A powerful and very moving talk was delivered by David White at the Library today (Friday 12 April) to a group of about 35 people.
David White's daughter, Helen Meads, was killed by her husband in 2009 after years of abuse. The horrific murder left two girls with a dead mother, imprisoned father and being raised by their grandparents.
In that time David has also been campaigning for an end to family violence and speaking to groups across the country including prison inmates. As a White Ribbon Ambassador David is striving to change attitudes to family violence in New Zealand.
White is currently on his "Harm Ends - Futures Begin" tour of New Zealand visiting and speaking in 71 electorates in 71 days. While he still finds it incredibly difficult to tell his traumatic story he knows his message on how to build stronger communities needs to be heard.
White is the author of two books about family violence, "Helen: the Helen Meads tragedy" and "Family violence: lifting New Zealand's dark cloud". Copies of the books were available for sale at the talk with all proceeds going to Women's Refuge. The Library will have two copies available for lending in the near future.