Better information for judges making family violence bail decisions

Better information for judges making family violence bail decisions

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. 

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Listen to Checkpoint's interview with Judge John Walker and Jane Drumm

“"When I got to the Shine refuge with my boys, I felt an enormous weight lift off me. I realised how much anxiety and fear I had been carrying around for so long. Shine helped me get a Protection Order and Parenting Order against S. Within days, I began sleeping and eating normally again." ”