Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 8

Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 8

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years of not only talking about this type of legislation and all the other law that this bill as an omnibus bill is addressing to make amendments to but I saw I will also share my journey my walk of the talk within all of these laws those laws being this bill is amending the domestic violence act 1995 including changing its name from the Domestic Violence Act to the family farno Violence Act this bill will also amend the bail act 2000 the cure of Children Act 2004 the Crimes Act 1961 Criminal Procedure Act 2011 a lip Evidence Act 2006 and the Sentencing Act 2002 all of this legislation I have either represented clients be they perpetrators or victims and also children before the courts for every single piece of that legislation that is being amended under this omnibus bill now an oversight that I have made and I wish to turn to this as the Honorable seal mentioned that this bill is about addressing wellness bringing back to our nation the responsibility of wellness being embraced by our communities law is as but a tool that provides the levers for a solution it is not the solution the wellness within our communities is about our communities taking responsibility to provide those solutions but this law is about an abling the tools for the courts to address some of those concerns so now Mr Speaker I tuned specifically to some of these aspects that have been talked about and addressing family violence this bill is focused on reducing rates of family violence it is a comprehensive approach prioritizing early intervention and prevention it has three main features the first is establishing a framework to support a cross government response cross government response and that is about increasing people’s ability to access risk and needs assessment and services providing for codes of practice and new information sharing that is one of the three main features and I will come back to address the house on the second is about making changes to improve accessibility and effectiveness of civil orders and the house has been addressed on police safety orders and protection orders time permitting I will return to that the third main feature is improving the criminal justice response by creating three new criminal offenses and providing for more accurate recording of family violence offending and the criminal justice system if I may return to the first of those features a framework to support across government response as counsel advocating the plate particularly for children who have been caught up and cross party fate and fuelling of fights between the appearance on either parenting orders or protection orders or bail applications as counsel we have had difficulty accessing necessary and crucial information from government agencies to provide and put as evidence to the court reasons why either bail orders should be made why certain conditions of protection orders should be made or certain conditions of parenting orders could be made and the frustration that we as advocates for our child clients have had is government agencies not providing the disclosure of that information to provide as evidence to the courts this will free that up I turn to the second of those three main features improving the accessibility and effectiveness of civil orders the bill and should the opportunity be presented me to address the house again perhaps at committee stage I will speak more in detail around there but this bill does address that police safety orders can now be such that in the event that there is a child and that is defined as a person who was up to the age of 18 years old a police safety order can be made against a violent child I have represented mothers of violent children and there’s been no provision for them to seek the support by way of a court order to be protected from that violent child unless their child comes before the youth court system in disdain this bill will enable we there are clear grounds to believe that family violence has occurred by a child who was aged 16 years or over but under the age of 18 the police are able to issue a police safety order for the benefit of the mother or the woman I turn now to the third of those three main features improving the criminal justice response by creating three new criminal offenses and providing for more accurate recording of family violence offending and the criminal justice system one of those has been alluded to by my colleague the Honorable Mark Mitchell around the creation of a new offense of strangulation there have been over many years I’ve advocated representing woman who are the victims of domestic violence and one of the critical critical features of that assault male assault female has been strangulation and it’s been evident that that is the precursor to more serious criminal offending this will now enable and create that in its own right as a criminal offense strangulation the other is is that coercion to marry and that has been canvassed on previous legislation by my colleague Joe Hayes for the introduction of her bill to the house now to be made into law we talked about the protection of vulnerable young persons around coercion to marry and then the other the third as specific offense created an assault on a family member not just either a summary offences common assault charge or a male assaults female charged under the crimes act but a specific notation of assault on a family member what many people won’t be aware unless I’ve traversed the criminal justice system on a regular basis that judges are often restricted to have noted on the record the nature of all the the specific status of a person as a family member for that to flag with any future appearances that may come about for the court so this bill addresses those aspects that I have raised before this house opportunity permitting there will be so many more it is comprehensive it is detailed it has been 25 years before there has been this as I say comprehensive overview and I certainly commend us passage from its second reading through to the third reading Thank You mr. speaker then I’ll create the Hmong IP Romney Okita to get accorded it upon that the LAPD cacar enoki art in the Anderson TN arc we thank you for the opportunity of

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