Injury Prevention Aotearoa welcomes review of family violence legislation

Injury Prevention Aotearoa welcomes review o= f family violence legislation

 

Injury Prevention Aotearoa welcomes the release yeste= rday of a discussion document on a review of laws relating to family violenc= e by Minister of Justice, Amy Adams.

 

Key Frost, Injury Prevention Aotearoa=E2=80=99s famil= y violence spokesperson, says, =E2=80=9CThis discussion document will help g= enerate informed debate and feedback from people and agencies working with f= amily violence at grass roots level, such as members of our organisation, on what can be done to overcome New Zealand=E2=80=99s t= otally unacceptable levels of family violence.=E2=80=9D

 

The Ministry=E2=80=99s decision to take a comprehensi= ve look all relevant legislation, rather just the Domestic Violence Act, is s= upported by Injury Prevention Aotearoa.

 

=E2=80=9CAll parts of the legal framework must work t= ogether to ensure victims don=E2=80=99t slip between the cracks and perpetra= tors are not only held to account, but also get the support they need to cha= nge their behaviour,=E2=80=9D says Mr Frost. =E2=80=9CWe have seen too many instances in recent times when tragedy could have been avoided if t= here was more sharing of information between agencies, or the full picture o= f a person=E2=80=99s offending was known.=E2=80=9D

 

Family violence legislation needs to clearly reflect s= ociety=E2=80=99s expectations about how people in families should behave and= how the legal system will respond when family violence does occur.

 

=E2=80=9CWe can take no pride in New Zealand having t= he highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the developed world= , except insofar as the issue is now out in the open, rather than brushed un= der the carpet,=E2=80=9D says Mr Frost.

 

Injury Prevention Aotearoa is seeking feedback from i= ts members on the family violence discussion document via a survey which can= be found on its website. www.injuryprevention.org.nz.