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New family violence legislation introduced

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/03/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Justice Minister Amy Adams has introduced new legislation to parliament seeking to change more than 30 family violence-related laws.</span> © Getty Justice Minister Amy Adams has introduced new legislation to parliament seeking to change more than 30 family violence-related laws. There's no quick or easy fix to New Zealand's high rate of family violence, the government says.

But it's hoped family violence legislation introduced to parliament on Wednesday, which seeks to change over 30 pieces of law, will play a core role in reducing the "horrendous" levels that exist now, Justice Minister Amy Adams says.

The Family and Whanau Violence Bill overhaul the Domestic Violence Act and seek to amend other legislation.

"These reforms will strengthen family violence laws and build the legal framework necessary to deliver the wider component of the work programme," Ms Adams said.

Among the reforms is the implementation of the Safer Sooner programme, aimed at breaking the pattern of violence.

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