28 Nov 2014

Women's Refuge backs Glenn Inquiry

11:58 am on 28 November 2014

Women's Refuge is backing the Glenn Inquiry's recommendation for a single court for domestic violence and a monitoring agency which would hold agencies to account.

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The Glenn Inquiry's People's Blueprint is the final report in a two-year independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The Glenn Inquiry's People's Blueprint - its final report on child abuse and domestic violence - was released this morning.

National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges chief executive Heather Henare told Nine to Noon she supported the idea of a specialist court and monitoring agency.

"We desperately need that right now. We can't hold people accountable in the current environment and our current system," she said.

"We can't get relevant data. We do need systems in place that hold all of our agencies responsible, because the system is currently failing women and children."

Ms Henare said having a specialist court would mean cases would be heard by judges who had specific knowledge of domestic violence.

Other recommendations in the report include a waiver to the Privacy Act so personal information can be shared in the case of family violence allegations, and a centralised database to screen and manage high-risk cases.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said the Government was already considering many of the suggestions outlined by the inquiry.

She said the Government could consider court reform but it would need close consultation with the judiciary.

In a written statement, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said there was major work underway to look at what was being spent on family violence and how effective that was.

She said officials would report back in February and decisions would then follow on where best to focus resources.

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