Hurt & Hope: Post-quake addiction and domestic abuse bring Cantabrians down

Posted 30 Sep 2017 by MediaStuff
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Since the February 2011 earthquake, charities and police have been forced to respond creatively with limited resources to the steep increase in addiction and domestic violence problems. 

Eve Jones* didn't think she and her three children needed support â€“ her ex-husband was the sick one.

He would hide bottles of vodka, pour water into the ones he'd secretly emptied and drink in his car.

In their 15 years together, he'd always liked a drink. But it became worse a couple of years after the February 2011 earthquake with the stress of living in a broken city. He had also lost a family member in the tremor.
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