Safer Sooner: Strengthening family violence laws
The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill is being considered by Parliament. Closing date for submissions is the 24 May 2017. You can make your submissions online here.
The Bill amends the Domestic Violence Act 1995 and other legislation including the Crimes Act, to implement proposed reforms that focus on intervening earlier to prevent future violence.
The table below summarises the key changes.
|The Act does not have enough guidance||
The Act will provide better guidance about what family violence is and how to use the Act:
|Victims can find protection orders difficult to apply for, due to a complicated process and costs of legal advice||
Protection orders will be easier to apply for:
|Opportunities to intervene early and support perpetrators to stop using violence aren’t maximised||
More effective at helping perpetrators change their behaviour:
|When parents separate, perpetrators may use parenting arrangements as an opportunity to continue to use violence against adult and child victims||
Better protect the safety of adult and child victims following separation:
|Family violence offending isn’t consistently identified or recorded in the criminal justice system||
Family violence offences are clearly flagged:
|Existing offences don’t clearly criminalise all family violence behaviours||
Ensuring family violence is effectively prosecuted:
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