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New family violence offences and tougher penalties likely

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Amy Adams.
Amy Adams.

Justice Minister Amy Adams told TV One’s Q+A programme that new family violence offences and tougher penalties are likely after a review of our domestic violence laws.

"Family assaults and violence are of a greater level of seriousness, and the society would judge them more harshly. So I think there’s certainly a case to say there is a greater degree of culpability for violence against people who you’re in a trusted relationship with, particularly when we’re looking at children."

The Government will be releasing a discussion document this week outlining the review.

"These figures are too high, and despite a number of initiatives over many years by a wide range of people, we’re not getting enough of a cut through, and I don’t think most New Zealanders want to live in a country where half of all our homicides are from people you love."

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE and one hour later on TV ONE plus 1. Repeated Sunday evening at 11:35pm. Streamed live at www.tvnz.co.nz

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