New police project aims to reduce trauma for domestic violence victims

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Monday, 19 June 2017, 5:35PM
Minister of Police Paula Bennett said it will be faster, less complex, and completed on scene. (Photo \ Supplied)

A new approach is being introduced to take the pressure off victims of domestic violence.

A pilot trial is being run by Counties Manukau Police where officers will record videos of victims' statements, instead of requiring them to provide written and signed statements

Minister of Police Paula Bennett said it will be faster, less complex, and completed on scene.

She said it will make a difficult situation less stressful, while keeping with internationally recommended practice.

Detective senior sargent Ross Ellwood is the head of the Counties Manakau Family Violence Project.

He told Larry Williams the new approach aims to reduce trauma for victims of domestic violence, as well as get a better prosecution outcome.

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