Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 11

Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 11

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winning of time it almost seems when we were working under the domestic protection act that then became the domestic violence act and I worked for 11 years as a domestic violence advisor and the Ministry of Justice my role was to know that bill that act inside out and so it as a pleasure to stand tonight and to talk a little bit more about this omnibus bill that is before the house tonight I want to talk very briefly on three aspects the criminal procedures Act amendment 16 a specifying that an offense is recorded as and listed as a charge for family violence now why is why have I picked on that particular part the criminal procedures Act 2011 is important and that as I know having worked in the Family Court and across the jurisdictions of family and criminal law the two jurisdictions do not speak to each other naturally as we know the Family Court is a quiet closed in private court so the relationship between the two jurisdictions is not naturally and easily breached so it is noted on the record across the jurisdictions this is the judiciary and making decisions around the process of conviction and the information it is relevant and interesting information it is important information particularly we there have been charges in the criminal jurisdiction which would naturally not travel across to the family court particularly and matters of custody and day to day care so I want to make reference to 16 a the 16a amendment I’d also like to talk in others here around the amendment to the crimes act around strangulation have spoken in this house previously about my work in in both the family court but also as a manager in a refuge strangulation and witches to find us blocking the nose the mouthful both it’s extremely important that this aspect is put on because people do not understand that they have been strangled often so we would ask the question quite quite quite a lot have you ever been strangled or choked and let’s say to us no no we have no I haven’t did he hold his hand over your mouth yes did he hold you down and prevent you from breathing yes that is the highest and most risky indicator of death and it is extremely serious so I wholeheartedly support strangulation going into this bill I’d also like to very very briefly talk about the meaning of family violence it is it is with great pleasure that I see the extension of family violence definition now the reason I talk about that is clearly under the domestic violence sect we had physical sexual and psychological abuse but what we have now is an extension and it’s an important extension it is the cumulative effects it can be one act or it can be the cumulative effects of patterns of violence that coercive control is recognized and and acknowledged and I do have to acknowledge the Honorable Amy Adams for bringing the original bill to the house we will be making some changes and the SOP however she has done this house in our country a great service in the work that she has done to bring this to the house I also want to acknowledge the Select Committee and this process so very finally in in my concluding statement I would like to recommend that we is as a house stop the petty politics across the floor start voting for start voting for these bills including our previous domestic violence leave bill put your money where your map put opposition please just start supporting the changes that this government is bringing in we all recognize domestic violence is an evil and just start supporting us I commend this bill to the house Mr Speaker I call crisping Thank You mr. speaker

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