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Time To Stop Cycle Of Violence, Children's Commissioner Says

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Time To Stop Cycle Of Violence, Children's Commissioner Says

In response to the sentences handed down today to those responsible for the death of three-year-old Nia Glassie, Children's Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro said it is now time to focus on stopping the cycle of violence, to prevent further tragedies.

"While the long sentences reflect public outrage at the violence this group metered out to a vulnerable three-year-old child, the underlying message here is that we have to stop this violence and abuse if not before it begins, then certainly at the earliest signs of it," Dr Kiro said.

"As seen in this case, the cycle of violence can be intergenerational. It is no surprise that these young men (Wiremu and Michael Curtis) had experienced violence themselves. Unfortunately, as young men in the prison system, it is predictable that they will experience even more violence in their lives.

That is no excuse and it is entirely appropriate that they are punished for their crimes. But if we want to really address child abuse in New Zealand we need to focus on education, employment and early intervention before problems emerge.

"Preparing people to parent properly, supporting people to parent and taking responsibility for the safety of children in our families, these are some of the keys to ensuring our children are safe. If families or friends can't help, then ask social services in your area for help."

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