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September 22, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Police film domestic violence statements

Police officers have used phones to record the statements of women reporting domestic violence straight after an attack, in a trial that was the first of its kind in this country.


Family Court lawyer shortage 'critical'

The number of Family Court lawyers has dropped to the point where there aren't enough to file protection orders or act for vulnerable children, the Law Society is warning.

Over the last five years, there has been a 25 percent decrease nationally in the number of lawyers providing family legal aid services, with some saying it has reached crisis point.

The government, however, says the number of lawyers around the country is more than adequate to meet demand.


Labour: Community agencies needed to reduce violence

The Government is being accused of leaving frontline agencies out of the picture when it comes to tackling family violence.

Only a small portion of a $130 million package to reduce violence in Kiwi homes will go to non-government organisations like Women's Refuge.


Catriona MacLennan: Fear and violence behind decision to keep dad's name secret

Our law is taking up to $28 a week away from some of the poorest women and children in the country for spurious reasons.

The Social Security Act states that women who do not identify in law the fathers of their children will have deductions made from their benefits.

The aim of the law is to force mothers to name fathers so child support can be levied on fathers.


Minister defends approach to child poverty

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley didn't tell a United Nations committee that New Zealand has an official measure of children who are homeless or live in poverty, she says.

Opposition MPs have been calling for a consensus about how to measure poverty.


Struggles continue for Pasifika youth

Young Pacific people remain blighted by unhealthy food, barriers to healthcare and poor conditions at home - with an estimated one third living in a house where someone doesn't have a bedroom.

But study findings, released today, also indicate some major gains among the near-1500 students it's surveyed over time, with many making better choices around sex and drugs, feeling less depressed and aiming higher at school.


Marae and refuges across NZ funded to house 3000 homeless

Marae, women's refuges and other social agencies have won funding to house 3000 homeless families and individuals a year in the latest government bid to tackle the housing crisis.


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