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Family violence report 'will never be wasted' - Sir Owen Glenn

Sir Owen Glenn says the $3 million he invested into a new report on family violence in New Zealand "will never be wasted".

The independent Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence was released this morning.

Its recommendations include:

  • Establishing a family violence court that allocates one judge for one family
  • Increasing the price of alcohol and raising the purchase age to 20
  • Creating a stand-alone agency that co-ordinates all family violence services
  • Assigning a Government minister for family violence

Sir Owen, who funded the report, says the findings - some of which are contentious and expensive - can be enacted if political parties agree to work together.

"I spent nearly $3 million of my money on this report and it will never be wasted. It's a question of what we want to take out of this in what order of priority.

"I think this has to come from the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister down."

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she is willing to work with other parties to combat family violence.

"I'm prepared to work with anyone who will work constructively on this with me and leave the politics aside."

One of the report's authors, Melinda Webber, says the "horrific" stories she heard have stuck with her.

"Many of the stories were horrific and the realities that some people live with every day sit with you for a little while."

Co-author Denise Wilson says many of the cases began when a child's abuse was ignored.

"Like the girl who couldn't sit down for a few weeks and nobody asked why."

Sir Owen set up the inquiry in September 2012 but has been plagued by problems. In May 2013 the inquiry's top two managers, Ruth Herbert and Jessica Trask, resigned after their relationship with Sir Owen broke down amid concerns around the "integrity" of the inquiry.

Thirteen more resignations followed after revelations that Sir Owen had pleaded no contest to charges of physically abusing a woman in Hawaii in 2002.

He denied the allegations but withdrew an application to become a white ribbon anti-violence ambassador.

And the Department of Internal Affairs is investigating the Glenn Family Foundation after accusations of financial irregularities.

Co-writers of a report into family violence describe some of the heart-breaking stories from victims that they have heard. Source: 1 NEWS


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