Just when I thought Amy Adams was trying to redeem herself after the stupid Harmful Digital Communications Act she goes and does this.
Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.
The Government is overhauling domestic violence laws and Justice Minister Amy Adams won’t rule out adopting the proposal.
But barrister and and anti-domestic violence campaigner Catriona MacLennan says implementing a sunset clause is a “terrible idea” and a “backward step.”
“Under previous law, if a couple reconciled then that brought the protection order to an end,” she explained. This was changed after abusive husband Alan Bristol killed his three daughters, all under 10, in 1994. A judicial inquiry recommended protection orders remain in force permanently.
“With domestic violence there is a pattern of behaviour and then the man might talk the woman into having him back before she finally leaves. If they reconciled under the old law, the woman had to go through the whole process [to obtain a new order] again.
“Now, if there is more violence, it is still in existence but doesn’t have any impact unless the woman wants to use it again. They don’t have to go to court again which is time-consuming, expensive and stressful.”
I think this is a good idea.
Defendants in domestic violence cases in Christchurch and Porirua courts will soon have their family violence history laid bare before judges when they are considered for bail.
Justice Minister Amy Adams on Wednesday announced the pilot programme to take effect next week in which judges would receive reports of all recorded family violence incidents for defendants including police safety orders or protection orders and breaches. .
The programme aims to protect victims well known to offenders in domestic violence cases from further harm.
“Judges raised with me that they felt very unconformable making bail decisions and then finding out after the event that actually the person who they made the decision for potentially had a much greater history than they were aware of,” Adams said. Read more »
With Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith refusing to instruct officials to take a core-sample of the $46 million Manukau District Court building, who ever is the minister that opens it will have their name forever attached to a concrete cancer building. Read more »
This blog has exposed the dodgy hear-no-evil-see-no-evil practices within the $400 million concrete industry with multiple posts about the concrete cancer issue affecting numerous buildings
The industry association, the Cement and Concrete Association (CCANZ), has said “it’s been a hell-of-a-time for the concrete industry in the press” as it “rubbishes allegations that elevated alkali levels in cement and concrete are putting the structural integrity of some [read Manukau District Court Building] buildings in jeopardy”. Read more »
David Seymour tried to get his bill introduced again.
ACT leader David Seymour is going in for round two with his bill to allow pubs to stay open in the early hours of the Rugby World Cup.
Seymour’s bid to allow pubs to open outside of legal trading hours to show matches in the United Kingdom flopped on Tuesday when the Green Party rejected it.
On Wednesday morning Prime Minister John Key said the Government would pick the bill up and Justice Minister Amy Adams was in the process of drafting it.
I did warn the politicians, but Goddammit. What have we gotten ourselves into now?
New Zealand has imposed some of the world’s strictest blasphemy laws by stealth, a Humanist group says.
The new Harmful Digital Communications Act, intended to stop cyber-bullying, could have the effect of landing a person in jail for two years for committing blasphemy, the New Zealand Humanist Society said this week.
This aspect of the new law was an affront to four in ten Kiwis who weren’t adherents of any religion, the group said.
“This legislation not only flies in the face of human rights, but the introduction of yet another law that gives special privileges to religions is unfair, unpopular and unrepresentative of our society, where over 40 per cent of New Zealanders identify as not religious, making this our country’s largest single belief group,” said Mark Honeychurch, the Society’s president.
The Act stated digital communications “should not denigrate an individual by reason of his or her colour, race, ethnic or national origins, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.”
Mr Honeychurch said the law would effectively impose some of the world’s strictest penalties – including fines of up to $50,000 – on people found guilty of blaspheming, or insulting religion. Read more »
All sorts of commentators have been praising Amy Adams for attempting to address domestic violence. They are practically sycophantic with their praise.
There is good reason for wanting to end domestic violence as Duncan Garner clearly states.
I want to congratulate Justice Minister Amy Adams for tackling domestic violence.
There were more than 57,000 domestic incidents last year. Read more »
A few days ago, I lambasted Amy Adams for proposing to create a new charge for domestic violence that meant “male assaults female” wouldn’t apply in domestic cases. I joked that all she was proposing was to rename it. And that’s pretty much what it looked like.
However, over the last few days some more meat has been forming around the bones of this policy and, although I can see some problems, at least there seem to be some serious issues worth thinking about.
The Government is proposing a drastic overhaul of laws dealing with domestic violence.
Changes could include arresting anyone accused of breaching a protection order and making it easier for victims to get help without going through court.
Patricia McGrath died violently at the hands of her partner at 34 years old. Two-and-a-half years later, [her sister/mother/daughter?] <– SIC – snigger) Kate McGrath says the family is sceptical about proposed changes to domestic violence laws.
“Other crimes might be going down, but domestic violence is going up, if not maintaining a steady level. And it’s an unacceptable level. I don’t think anybody will be holding their breath until we see the changes and the changes are good.”
Launching a discussion document, Justice Minister Amy Adams says this is a chance to kick-start a conversation.
“Our understanding of family violence has moved a long way. The law in practice must also adapt.”
There’s a raft of proposals, which include requiring police to make an arrest whenever a protection order is broken, giving police or other victim support organisations the ability to apply for protection orders on the victim’s behalf and creating new types of offences, which specify when the offending is family violence. Read more »
The Justice Minister, Amy Adams wants to rename a charge…like that is going to mean something to some feral wife-beater.
Justice Minister Amy Adams will release a discussion document this week, arguing in favour of dedicated family violence charges.
Ms Adams has also suggested such charges could carry higher penalties than standard assault charges.
Kathryn Coyle’s former partner, Stephen Barry Wilson, was charged and sentenced last year for assaulting her and Ms Coyle said she would back a specific charge for family violence.
“Male-versus-female [assault] … doesn’t feel like it carries the weight that I think a specific charge would have, where that person would be maybe categorised by the police, that it might give the police more of an insight into what they’re dealing with.”
But such a charge would not solve a culture of family violence, she said. Read more »