National’s cunning strategy


Just like the “housing crisis” is a problem that can’t be solved, and provides Labour with a stick to beat National with, family violence will be a topic that can’t be easily solved and Labour can hardly be “against” it.  The best they can do is disagree with National’s ideas.   But they must be “for” reduction of violence in society, and “for” measures to assist that.

From the perspective of the opposition, this is a damn slippery topic to get any serious hits in on, while National can continue to flood the media with heroic stories of how they are not happy and how things will improve.

A summary of the issues to be dealt to more specifically:

Getting help to those in need without them having to go to court
Ensuring all family violence is clearly identified and risk information is properly shared
Putting the safety of victims at the heart of bail decisions
Creating three new offences of strangulation, coercion to marry and assault on a family member
Making it easier to apply for a Protection Order, allowing others to apply on a victim’s behalf, and better providing for the rights of children under Protection Orders
Providing for supervised handovers and aligning Care of Children orders to the family violence regime
Making evidence gathering in family violence cases easier for Police and less traumatic for victims
*Wider range of programmes able to be ordered when Protection Order imposed
Making offending while on a Protection Order a specific aggravating factor in sentencing.


Some of this forms the foundation on which the new CYF will operate of course.   In analysing the needs for a child protection service, National have additionally decided to also send a few ambulances to the top of the cliff.




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