Report into family violence unveiled

A plan for combating New Zealand's high rate of family violence has been unveiled this morning.

The Glenn Inquiry is an independent report into child abuse and domestic violence and has 12 core recommendations for battling the issue.

It calls for a stand-alone agency to focus on family violence and a government minister and designated court for family violence matters with specially trained judges and staff.

It also wants the government to lead the changes.

The report is the result of two years' work set up by millionaire businessman Sir Owen Glenn.

The businessman 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.