Highlighting violence against women in New Zealand

Highlighting violence against women in New Zealand

The murder of British backpacker Grace Millane provoked outrage and grief amongst the New Zealand public. More than that, it was the catalyst for recognising New Zealand's appalling record of violence against women. While progress is being made at the national level with new family violence legislation and the Government's 'joint venture', which aims to develop a more coordinated response to family violence, it is clear  it will take all of us together as individuals and communities to make a difference.

The need for change was highlighted by the news that the police have charged 28 people with the new offence of strangulation a mere 11 days after it came into effect.

Shine General Manager Jane Drumm was asked for comment by 1News: "As far as I am concerned, any strangulation is an attempt to kill."

Jane Drumm was also interviewed by a number of news organisations following Grace Millane's murder. Her views are based upon more than 20 years working with victims of violence. 

Interview with Mike Hosking, Newstalk ZB: Shine: Grace Millane murder highlights NZ's violence towards women

Anti-violence campaigner in wake of Grace Millane death: Changing Kiwi men's perception of women from 'chattels' to 'human beings', NZ Herald

Kirsty Johnston: I'm angry about Grace Millane's murder after a year reporting on rape, NZ Herald

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