Ideas for family violence law changes welcomed

The Government’s family violence consultation is welcomed by the Green Party as an overdue and much needed constructive review of family violence law.

The Government has today released their consultation document to strengthen New Zealand’s legislative response to family violence.

“Successive reports for decades have been telling us our current system has been failing women and children,” Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

“These suggested reforms need to be accompanied by a review of the Government’s better public service targets for reducing crime to ensure that Police have no incentive not to prosecute.

“It’s still absolutely crucial that we significantly upscale our investment in support services to sit alongside the justice response in giving victims the help they need.

“Clarifying the right of children to be free from violence would be a welcome reversal of this Government’s earlier Family Court reforms that removed the Bristol clause which provided additional protection for children.

“Financial cost should never be a barrier to a victim applying for a protection order so a dedicated fund and giving the Police the ability to apply on the victim’s behalf are very welcome ideas.

“Establishing standalone family violence offences could be a really useful tool for those working to combat domestic violence.

“We encourage everyone with an interest in solving our appalling domestic violence rates to make a submission on this consultation.

“It’s well beyond time for Government to step up and ensure that every victim of domestic violence has the protections they need to be safe in their own homes.”

Action

Jeanette Fitzsimon's Memorial

Since her passing, we have been so moved by your stories of Jeanette. Inspiring, challenging, humorous, poignant — endless stories of a life so ric...
Take Action

Action

Local Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action