Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 13
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Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 13


see this bill passage through the house I call Priyanka Radhakrishna then up quite a well I could call on the family and fan violence legislation bill which is a step that the previous government took towards strengthening the fabric the legislative fabric that exists around family violence or to address family violence here in New Zealand did I commend them for that in fact I’ll begin my speech by commending the former justice minister the Honorable Amy Adams for the work that she did to get the bill to where it’s at today I will also acknowledge and commend the current justice minister the Honorable Andrew little and also the undersecretary to the minister Jen Logie for the work that they’ve done and continue to do to address this issue as well now previous speakers have talked about what an issue family violence is quoted some of the stats around why it’s such an issue for us here in New Zealand so I won’t relitigate some of those points but I will make this point for social services in community select committee recently over the last recess visited Australia now the focus of that trip was to look at initiatives Australian initiatives that addressed poverty poverty reduction and also homelessness and the one point that I want to make is that every single meeting we had over there whether it was with ministers and members of parliament government departments or indeed NGOs working at the front line to address either of those two issues the issue of family violence was brought up as a driver of all of those issues as well so it is a complex issue family violence is not just as justice issue it’s a human rights health and social issue that we must indeed eliminate here in New Zealand this bill is an omnibus bill which overhauls the domestic violence act and that’s a good thing I’ll just quickly go through in the time that I have some of the main points or main changes that this this piece of legislation once passed will enact the member Jen Lodi talked about the fact that when a PSO or a police safety order is issued that the ability to obtain a risk in needs assessment which is what this piece of legislation will allow is incredibly important both so that the victim and the perpetrator get the types of support that they need one to stay safe for the victim to stay safe and for the perpetrator to actually be supported to stop perpetrating violence we have to get to a point where the perpetration of violence stops for us to be able to eliminate the scourge the second change I guess that this that this bill makes is that it changes society’s understanding of what family violence is previous members have touched upon this as well so I will keep it brief but it acknowledges the fact that family violence can be one incident of physical sexual or psychological violence that is significant but it is also a pattern of power and control of coercion and control and I’m indeed excited that this bill makes that point because it’s not one that many have acknowledged previously including those who work in the sector as well the introduction of a new offense of non-fatal strangulation is critical as crucial I remember reading somewhere that victim survivors who have been strangled are seven times more likely to be killed to be to be a victim of family violence homicide it’s a major risk indicator for homicide and I’m pleased that it’s included in this bill at the end of the day this bill presents us with an option for a more coordinated response to address family violence and a whole host of changes that I won’t go into into into more detail but it is a good bill and that’s why there is cross body support for it the one point that I will make is that remember John Logie touched upon the fact that this bill does include an element or criminalizes coerced marriage or forced marriage and therefore touches on some of the issues that relate specifically to women from ethnic communities submissions have been made during the Select Committee process that indicate that this needs to go further that there are other issues like dairy abuse that exist in New Zealand that must be addressed as well finally I will say that this bill sits alongside the work that this government is doing to indeed eliminate family violence in New Zealand which includes the position of the undersecretary to the Justice Minister that focuses on domestic and sexual violence because it’s the first-ever internationally to focus on the elimination of these forms of violence funding for frontline services that was in budget 2018 and indeed prioritization for a central agent that will implement the coordinated response to Alan and eliminate family violence so mr. speaker it is indeed my pleasure to commend this bill to the house thank you cut apart Ikea idea to more to me to whom a hawker IKEA key I to whom Oaxaca here carleeee hang our eye the eyes hibbott family and par no violence legislation bill second reading this bill is sit down for committee stage next sitting day I call on government order of the day number three education teaching Council of

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