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Shine welcomes law change to protect children

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Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

A leading domestic violence prevention agency, Shine (Safer Homes In New Zealand Everyday), announced its support for Minister Paula Bennett’s proposed reforms that will further protect vulnerable children from abuse.

Shine’s Client Services Director Jill Proudfoot says:

"We would like to see violent offenders who abuse their partners kept out of the family home if they are known to pose a threat to these children, even if they haven’t directly physically harmed the children yet.

If someone abuses their adult partner, they pose a risk to the children, as there is a 33 - 66% co-occurrence of intimate partner violence and child abuse. When a child is under the care of someone who is not their biological parent, that is an additional risk factor.

These reforms will take the burden off the non-violent parent to ‘protect’ the children. And because it is not a Protection Order, a Child Harm Prevention Order is issued at no cost to the victim, so there will be no financial barriers to getting vulnerable children the protection they need.

The legal and ethical issues around these reforms are complex, but we definitely support the spirit of Minister Paula Bennett’s proposal."

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