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New family violence measures 'a validation for victims'

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Shine congratulates Justice Minister Judith Collins on the package of new Government initiatives aimed at addressing family violence, which was announced today.

"I am more than delighted with everything on the list. They are practical and are a giant leap forward in the way our criminal justice system responds to domestic abuse in this country," says Jane Drumm, Shine’s Executive Director.

"The victims who have been putting up with domestic abuse for years, and feeling like they are on their own, will feel really supported and validated by all of this," she says.

Shine recently conducted research which looked at all domestic violence victims who have been referred to Shine by Auckland Police over an 8-year period. One of the findings of this research is that 34% of all reported victimisation was experienced by just 8 victims in 100.

"If we can do something for people who are at extreme risk, then we can make an enormous impact on the domestic abuse problem in this country. All of these new Government measures are aimed at addressing those victims in terrifying, high-risk situations," Jane says.

Regarding GPS monitoring and tracking of high-risk offenders, Jane says, there is a need for it: "GPS tracking has been trialled in America and has been really successful. I don't think there are many New Zealanders who would feel that the rights of people who are known to be a risk are more important than victims’ rights to be safe."

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