Next steps in improving our response to family violence

The Ministry of Justice has released a summary of feedback on draft guidance for information sharing under new family violence legislation.

The Family Violence Act 2018 outlines how and when family violence agencies and social services practitioners can share information about victims or perpetrators of family violence.

“The purpose of the new law is to encourage agencies to work together to identify, stop, prevent and otherwise respond to family violence,” says Jan Logie, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues).

“We’ve consulted closely with the family violence sector to ensure our guidelines and processes are clear, and victim safety is at the centre of our decision-making.”

Overall, feedback was positive, recognising the importance of agencies having a more complete picture to better understand and address family violence. But a crucial consideration was seeking the views of victims and survivors, because they know their lives better than anyone else.

One submitter wrote, “Information sharing has to be done in a way that helps empower the victim. To help her rebuild her life and to help agencies see the whole picture.”

“Sharing this information can be critical to preventing and responding to family violence, but we have to do it the right way, making sure we keep victims and survivors safe and acknowledge they are part of the solution,” says Jan Logie.

Submitters also recognised the need to build workforce capability and integrate services across the sector.

“This reinforces the importance of the work the Government is currently doing to create a joined-up response to these problems in government and our communities,” say Jan Logie.

“Family violence significantly affects the lives of many New Zealanders. The level of engagement with the draft guidance reflects the importance of this issue in New Zealand and the need to ensure an integrated, responsive system.

“The Government is committed to reducing family violence, and this is progress towards that goal. I look forward to seeing the views of those who provided feedback reflected in the final version of the guidance.”

The Ministry of Justice will now update the guidance, taking into account the comments and suggestions made. The updated guidance will focus on enabling safe, appropriate and consistent practice across the sector. It will be released when the Family Violence Act comes into effect on 1 July 2019.

Latest Social Development Announcements

Story

Green Party urges Labour to provide support to those who need it most

The Green Party is calling on Labour to expand the temporary cost of living payment to those most in need.
Read More

Story

Budget 2022: James Shaw Budget Speech

Mr Speaker, It has taken four-and-a-half years to even start to turn the legacy of inaction and neglect from the last time they were in Government ...
Read More

Story

Rising household costs hurting low-income people

The Green Party says the Government needs to do more for those on the lowest incomes as inflation outpaces wage and benefit increases.
Read More

Story

Urgent action needed to soften inflation blow for low income NZers

The Green Party says urgent action is needed to soften the blow of inflation for New Zealanders on the lowest incomes.
Read More

Story

Liveable incomes and rent controls, now

Stats NZ’s monthly rental and food price indexes released today continue to show that over the last 12 months the essentials have gotten increasing...
Read More

Story

Greens write to PM to call for rent controls

The Green Party has published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for an immediate rent freeze and for that to remain in place until rent ...
Read More

Latest Justice Announcements

Story

Greens call for government to implement all recommendations of Casey report into detention of asylum seekers

An independent review of New Zealand’s detention regime for asylum seekers has found arbitrary and abusive practices in Aotearoa’s immigration law,...
Read More

Story

Finally… a step towards restoring victims’ confidence in our justice system

The Green Party welcomes the passing of the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill, which brings our archaic legislation into the 21st century.
Read More

Story

Welcome repeal of Three Strikes Law demands further action

The Green Party welcomes the long overdue repeal of the archaic Three Strikes law and calls on the Government to follow this move with more transfo...
Read More

Story

Statement from Green Party Co-leaders on West Auckland supermarket attack

“We send our thoughts and aroha to the victims and their whānau as they deal with this shocking terror attack,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davids...
Read More

Story

Green Party supports call to end youth detention in police cells

The Green Party strongly supports the call by the Children’s Commissioner to repeal the law allowing youth to be held in police cells.
Read More

Story

Systemic racism rooted in Māori victimisation report

The Ministry of Justice Māori victimisation report, released today, reinforces what we already know about the impact of systemic racism in Aotearoa...
Read More