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Women’s Refuge Statement about Tragic Murders In Dunedin

Women’s Refuge Statement about Tragic Murders In Dunedin -

Last night’s murder of two children by a violent man who had a protection order against him is a tragic reminder of how much more we must do as a society to address domestic and family violence in New Zealand says Heather Henare, Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge.

“We need to concentrate on the fact that there is a link between  breaches of protection orders and domestic violence murders in this country,” she says, “people who threaten to kill should be treated in the most high risk category with strong consequences.”

“This man had a violent track record, two breaches of a protection order and all  breaches of protection orders should be treated with the full force of our law.  This tragic incident is the worst kind of wake up call for this country around the severity and frequency of domestic and family violence in our communities, says Ms Henare.

ENDS

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