Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Notice: Signed undertakings v protection orders

Press Release:


Eastern Women’s Refuge is issuing a safety notice to all women applying for Protection Orders in the Auckland area.

It has come to the attention of the Refuge that many family lawyers are recommending to their clients to sign an undertaking of non violence, as opposed to continuing the application process for protection orders, particularly in the cases of pacific and migrant women and women whose partners are contesting the necessity of such an order.

“This raises a considerable concern for us in terms of ongoing safety of women and children’ states Rhonda Cox-Nissen of Eastern Refuge.

‘What women aren’t having adequately explained to them by their legal representation is that signing a document like this does not legally protect them from ongoing violence and harassment. Ultimately it is just a piece of paper and a very loose promise. ‘

The refuge has had a number of incidences where women have come to them seeking support regarding this kind of advice from lawyers.

‘Ultimately many of the women who have consulted with us have felt under duress to sign an undertaking, just to get the process over and done with, or because they don’t fully understand the potentially unsafe consequences of signing such an undertaking. ‘

Police have no authority to act on an undertaking because it is not legally recognized and can only issue a Place of Safety Order in the instance that they have insufficient evidence to arrest but have determined that the victim/s require safety, support and space. The purpose of PSO’s are to ensure that victims of Domestic Violence can seek support from community groups and agencies in order to protect themselves and their children ‘

‘Our concern is that victims may be under the false impression that they are legally protected. An undertaking provides no legal protection or safety ‘ says Rhonda Cox-Nissen.

‘We don’t for one second believe that undertakings keep women and children safe and do not recommend that women sign undertakings, without seeking support and advice from a community agency.’

If you need support and advice regarding protection orders, PSO’s or are feeling pressured to sign an undertaking, Womens Refuge urge you to contact your local refuge, which can be found in the white pages of your phone book. All information and advice is confidential and free. Or alternatively contact the Auckland regional 24 hour crisis line on 0800 REFUGE.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation.

Presumably, the QC appointed to clarify what happened will eventually shed light on key issues. Such as: on what date prior to the publication of the original Spinoff article did the party hierarchy/PM’s office/PM’s press secretary realise they were dealing with a sexual assault allegation, and what did they do about it at that point? More>>

 

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.

ALSO:

New Strategy: Suicide Prevention Office To Drive Prevention Action

The Government has announced a Suicide Prevention Office will be established to coordinate action already underway to reduce New Zealand’s historically high rate of suicide. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels