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New Zealand has two primary pieces of legislation to ensure that family violence victims are kept safe and offenders are held to account.
The Family Violence Act 2018 which repeals
and replaces the Domestic Violence Act 1995 and the
Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018 which amends the Bail Act 2000, Crimes Act 1961, Sentencing Act 2002, Evidence Act 2006, Criminal
Procedure Act 2011 and Care of Children Act 2004.What is Family Violence?Family violence,
in relation to a person, means violence inflicted against one person by any other person with whom that person is, or has been, in a family relationship.
Violence against a person includes a pattern of behaviour (done, for example, to isolate from family members or friends) that is made up of a number of
acts that are all or any of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse, and that may be coercive or controlling (because it is done against
the person to coerce or control, or with the effect of coercing or controlling, the person) and/or it causes the person, or may cause the person,
cumulative harm. Abuse may be a single act or a series of acts forming a pattern of behaviour.
To find out more about Family Violence, visit the Police
Managers Guild Trust at https://pmgt.org.nz/domestic-violence/