Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 2

Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 2

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the bill proudly to the house question is that the motion be agreed to but Irwin Thank You mr. Speaker I rise to take a call on the family and far no legislation bill and firstly Mr Speaker I want to commend the Minister for the work that’s been done on this bill as she explained it as a process that commenced by who calling for submissions on the discussion paper in 2015 and I for one am really looking forward to the robust discussion that will happen at select committee and the submissions made by the experts it will come to speak to that from the community from the family violence and sexual violence community so thank you Minister for bringing the bill to the house I’m really concerned that and I will be doing it along with my colleagues doing our utmost to ensure that this is not a case of missed opportunities so we take every opportunity to update the legislation which is over 20 years old that will really go some way to supporting the safety of our families mr. speaker some of the changes and the legislation that the minister of has outlined i also want to put some responses to the protection would a protection orders are part of this legislation and changes to protection orders in terms of their accessibility so the legislation makes it easier for victims to access protection orders but the counter to that mr. speaker is that doesn’t appear that the requisites support to enforce breaches of protection order are put in place so while it’s easier to obtain a protection order will it be easier for authorities like the police for example to enforce the breaches of protection order these are this is a question that I hope excellent committee we actually get some answers to as a person who used to work in the refuge movement and renal refuge myself it was one of the things that we used to use to concern us in our particular refuge the six woman holding a piece of paper to keep our old woman and kids and we would want for at this time the examination of protection orders to be as thorough as it can be so that we can actually provide protection through this mechanism with the requisite backup of community services in the police the minister referred to police safety orders then providing a mechanism for people who perpetrate violence to have access to anger management and change management processes what I have to say about this is that this is actually returning us to a situation that used to already a coup prior to the changes and the Solicitor General’s guidelines to the the how the prosecution guidelines excuse me and Family Violence specialist courts it became a requirement that in order to arrest an offender of for family violence they had to be sufficient evidence that that offender could actually be prosecuted in court so they raised the level of evidence that was required and what happened with that is they meant that people who went through our family violence court who would normally access anger management programs Azeris as a right as of right because the court mandated those programs the access to court reduce because they weren’t being arrested because the evidence required to arrest had had gone up so the within this legislation under the police safety orders we are returning to a situation that already happened now I’m really grateful for that however in terms of legislation we should be moving forward and what kind of support do those community agencies that provide the anger management and change management courses require an order to be able to support perpetrators who come through the process under the police safety orders I’m really impressed that theres a focus on children there’s a very clear statement in this legislation that children who are in homes where violence is and are impacted by that violence regardless of whether they witness it or experience it themselves they are impacted by violence but again I say where is the requisite support to support those children who experienced the trauma of being in homes where violence is present there’s a focus on that the new crimes under the crimes act around forced marriage non-fatal strangulation and the far no violence aspect where members of the family can can be charged under this legislation but unreality what is Family Violence like for our for our families our families come presenting multiple issues they come presenting issues that are created by the stresses on families whether that’s around poverty around jobs around poor housing low-income poor health whether they have been the victims of family or sexual abuse in the past and family violence is a bit like a black cloud that sits across the fact the far no at the families in New Zealand and like a black cloud it impacts every single person so any solution that we have to family violence has got to deal with all of those affected so not only those who are harmed but those who do the harming and those who witnessed and experienced the trauma by being part of a household where violence is present so when reality legislation only goes so far and while this bill hopes to deliver real change there are some aspects that I believe are missing that I hope that through the select committee process we actually have an opportunity to address the first is what is our overarching strategy to deal with fairy violence long term legislation alone won’t do it and neither will just applying programs what we need to do is we need to have a strategy to deal with family violence and it has to be a long-term strategy we used to have the tallit or strategy mr. speaker unfortunately this government funding to 2d tool which was a network mechanism which was a support for those providers or family violence services across the country there were 27 networks across the country and the evaluation of that strategy said that the most effective way to work and family violence was through networks where services were networked and connected up to each other education we need to have a bility to raise public awareness to have some support for young people for example at schools we need to be discussing the issue of consent when we need to be talking about respectful relationships all of these things we have had in the past but funding cuts to those organizations that have delivered that have meant that those programs are no longer exist or exist at a very low level we need to provide support for our police to actually do the work that they need to do and we need to support our community organizations and we need to have appropriate public awareness like we do with white ribbon or it’s not okay those programs need to be supported Mr Speaker I just want to comment on one other aspect and that is around integrated response responses to people who experience family in sexual violence there’s currently a pilot running in Christchurch called the integrated safety response where funding was taken out of full-time equivalents in the community sector and reinvested and to largely into the statutory agencies and their response to family and sexual violence and we know from reports from their pilot and Christchurch that that’s not entirely working as it was designed and those community agencies who lost funding to support this program have now been asked to pick up their work there is a lease and we must learn mr. mr. speaker and that is about taking the opportunity to get this right it’s a league committee we must ensure that we examine this bill thoroughly and that we speak to the experts the experts tell us what they what they would like and we listen we take the opportunity due to craft a piece of legislation that actually will at the end of the day keep our family and far no safe we are in labor supporting this bill we hope that the select committee process will add some real meat to the legislation and we community the bill to the house Thank You mr. speaker thank you sir doing I think

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