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Family violence Bill passes first reading

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill passed its first reading in Parliament with unanimous support.

The Bill will overhaul the 20-year-old Domestic Violence Act, amend six other Acts and make consequential changes to over 30 pieces of law.

The Bill proposes a number of changes to existing laws, including increasing access to risk and needs assessments and services, more accurately recording family violence offending in the criminal justice system, enabling the introduction of codes of practice, and new information sharing provisions.

“This Bill implements our Safer Sooner reforms announced in September 2016, aimed at breaking the cycle of family violence and reducing the harm it causes those who suffer this abhorrent form of abuse,”  Justice Minister Amy Adams said.

“These reforms are the beginning of a new integrated system but even on their own they have the potential to significantly reduce family violence. The new offences and changes to protection orders alone are expected to prevent around 2300 violent incidents every year.”

Submissions on the Bill close on 24 May 2017. You can make a submission here(external link).

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