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New ways to combat family violence

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/09/2016

NEW MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COMBAT FAMILY VIOLENCE

* Getting help to those in need without them having to go to court

* Ensuring all family violence is clearly identified and risk information is properly shared

* Putting the safety of victims at the heart of bail decisions

* Creating three new offences of strangulation, coercion to marry and assault on a family member

* Making it easier to apply for a Protection Order, allowing others to apply on a victim's behalf, and better providing for the rights of children under Protection Orders

* Providing for supervised handovers and aligning Care of Children orders to the family violence regime

* Making evidence gathering in family violence cases easier for Police and less traumatic for victims

* *Wider range of programmes able to be ordered when Protection Order imposed

* Making offending while on a Protection Order a specific aggravating factor in sentencing.

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