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Volunteer Street Appeal Collectors
01-Sep-2015 | Vacancies
Do you want to make a difference for victims of domestic abuse?
This November, we will be running a national street appeal to raise much needed funds to help with the cost of running Shine's domestic abuse helpline, and also the cost of promoting it - so that those who need it, know it's there.
We are recruiting volunteers now! It doesn't matter where in NZ you live - if you can shake a bucket, you can help.
If you believe in the work we are doing, are confident, have good communication skills, are enthusiastic and reliable, then register today!
Or if you have questions you need answered first, you can email Bailee at email@example.com or phone (09)8154599
Better information for judges making family violence bail decisions
27-Aug-2015 | Shine News
A new pilot programme will soon see judges making bail decisions automatically receive a new report on defendants’ family violence history, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced. From September 1, the trial will see Judges in Porirua and Christchurch receive a Family Violence Summary report which details all recorded family violence incidents involving each defendant. It includes police safety orders or protection orders, as well as any breaches of these. Interviewed on Radio NZ's "Checkpoint," Shine’s Jane Drumm said that New Zealand has the worst record of domestic violence among OECD countries but this is a significant step forward.
Shine responds to MOJ's proposed tough new domestic violence laws
05-Aug-2015 | Shine News
The Ministry of Justice recently released a breakthrough discussion document presenting a wide range of ideas in order to better ‘keep victims of family violence safe and hold perpetrators to account’. Some of the ideas in the discussion document are:
• Establishing a set of stand-alone family violence offences which will help Government track family violence cases in the courts
• Creating an additional pathway for victims and perpetrators who want help, but are not yet involved in the criminal justice system
• Updating the legal definition of domestic violence, with one idea to more clearly explain the concept of "coercive control"
• Requiring Police to arrest for all breaches of protection orders, where there is sufficient evidence
• Establishing funding for applications for protection orders so victims to not have to pay to keep themselves safe
• Clarifying when information about family violence cases needs to be shared so privacy laws are not a barrier to safety
• Repeat family violence offending taken into account during sentencing
• More prominence to victim safety in related legislation such as the Care of Children Act and bail and sentencing law We commend the Ministry and Minister Amy Adams for such a forward thinking document and we strongly support the proposals that put a stronger legislative focus on safety for victims.
Because these statistics are just shocking:
* New Zealand has the highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the developed world
* 41 per cent of police response time is spent on domestic violence. In 2014 they responded to 100,000 incidents
* Every five minutes, one notification for family violence is made to Police
We believe that New Zealand absolutely needs to shift towards adults and children having the right to safety, over and above an offender’s right to natural justice or access to their children.
We also support legislative changes to clarify that safety trumps privacy in guiding decisions about sharing information on cases involving domestic abuse.
Jane Drumm, Shine’s Executive Director says,
“We totally support the proposal that the police make an arrest whenever there is evidence of a Protection Order breach. We also support the proposal for repeat and serious family violence offending to be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing. There need to be changes in the law as well as policies of police, courts and other agencies that recognise that family violence is a pattern of coercive control.
In my nearly 18 years working in this sector, I have never seen anything like this document. It is heartening that it contains such a raft of important proposed changes, and more importantly that these changes are being led by 16 Government Ministers in a whole of government approach on this issue. These and other proposals in the document would give a very strong message that society does not tolerate domestic abuse.”
Now it’s time to have your say!
The Ministry wants to know your views about their proposals, along with any other ideas you have for strengthening New Zealand’s family violence laws. Go to https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/family-violence-law to make a submission or to read more about the proposals. Consultation is open until 18 Sep 2015.
If you feel you don’t understand the issues well enough just yet or would like to see what Shine has to say on each of the specific proposals, then watch this space. In the next few weeks, we will send you another email with a link to our analysis of the Ministry’s discussion document which will help you better understand the issues, and which may help you write your own submission.
"On any sort of measure, New Zealand's rate of family violence remains horrifically and persistently high," says Minister of Justice Amy Adams. Minister Adams also said that "Laws are not the whole picture. We can’t legislate our way out of this. But they are a cornerstone element in how we respond to confronting family violence".
You have the power to be part of the solution. And now is the time to take action.
Join with us in supporting initiatives to strengthen family violence laws in New Zealand!
Blessie case: Can GPS tracking keep the public safe?
29-Jul-2015 | Shine News
Information has been released regarding the history of criminal offending of Tony Douglas Robertson, who has been found guilty of raping and killing Blessie Gotingco by the Auckland High Court.
In light of this, Shine's Executive Director Jane Drumm, a former probation officer, said she wanted GPS extended to more ex-prisoners.
But she admitted it was not perfect, and nothing could protect the public from a dangerous criminal like Robertson.
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