Inquiry makes radical calls over NZ's grim domestic violence record

With 30 people killed at the hands of a family member each year, the Glenn Inquiry is calling for a minister for family violence and a dedicated family violence court.

The independent review looks at New Zealand's alarming child abuse and domestic violence statistics and makes some "courageous" recommendations.

White Ribbon chair Judge Peter Boshier says the pretty courageous recommendations are "definitely worth looking at".

As well as a dedicated minister and court, the 12 recommendations call for better communication between agencies.

Mr Boshier described the report as "bold" to TV ONE's Breakfast.

He says New Zealand has done well to combat other challenging areas such as road deaths, drink driving and smoking, and now the attention could be turned to family violence.

"Maybe we are on the cusp of promoting this to one of our top issues."

On average 14 women, seven men and eight children are killed by a member of their family every year, with thousands more are hurt or scarred for life.

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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