Reducing family violence harm top priority

September 14, 2018 at 2:05 PM



Minister of Justice Andrew Little has today announced amendments to the Family and Whānau Violence Bill, designed to strengthen the legislative foundations of the family violence system.

“This Government has reiterated addressing family violence is a priority in its work to improve the wellbeing of families and children, and our aim is to reduce the harm that family violence causes in New Zealand,” said Andrew Little.

“One of the main changes is allowing Police safety orders to protect victims for up to ten days. This will provide victims with more time to put in place safety arrangements at a crucial point in time. Other changes include:

  • modernising the Domestic Violence Act to improve its usability
  • further recognising the coercion and control elements of family violence
  • requiring assessors and providers to take into account victim views, and
  • specifying that dowry abuse is a form of family violence.

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Category: Government