Better coordination needed on domestic violence information

Author
Frances Cook,
Publish Date
Thu, 25 Feb 2016, 5:10AM
Justice Minister Amy Adams (NZME)

Better coordination needed on domestic violence information

Author
Frances Cook,
Publish Date
Thu, 25 Feb 2016, 5:10AM

A just-released report has highlighted the need for better information sharing between government agencies, as well as a focus on changing the behaviour of perpetrators.

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It's being described as hard - but not impossible.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the recommendations are things they're already working on, and know need to be better.

"Look it's incredibly hard, I don't think there's any point of fudging around that but I think what we have to do is acknowledge that we can and must do better."

The report's criticised a lack of a targeted and coordinated approach from the government and Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne says better information sharing is a basic, but crucial step.

He says when people call the police, CYF, Women's Refuge or anyone, they want to be sure the case is being looked at "in its total form and not just a particular aspect of it."

Mr Dunne says a major point that stuck out for him was the push for all government agencies to be more active in keeping victims safe.

"It's all very well to expect victims to keep themselves safe from the abuse of partners, that's important, but equally agencies who are involved in the family violence field need to expect more."