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Violence is New Zealand’s biggest human rights issue

Violence is New Zealand’s biggest human rights issue – Human Rights Commission


The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Glenn Report and urged all political parties to work together to realise the human rights of all New Zealanders.

“Violence is the biggest human rights issue facing New Zealanders, it always has been: it’s up to all of us to change this,” says Human Rights Commissioner Jackie Blue.

“We urge all political parties to work together to help make this happen.”

Dr Blue acknowledged the bravery of all those who have shared their stories of violence with report writers.

“As someone who’s survived domestic violence, I pay tribute to other survivors who realise we must speak out against violence if we’re going to shut it down.”

Interviewees strongly emphasised the need to focus on prevention by monitoring, tracking and following up on reports of violence. They also emphasised the need for ongoing research to identify factors that increase or decrease the risk for violence.

“Seven key issues Government and NGO decision makers need to focus upon right now include: refining documentation to eliminate inaccuracies and fragmentation; intervening earlier; developing a skilled workforce of champions; preventing abuse via education (especially for tamariki); interrupting the cycle of violence; making approaches equitable, helping one, helping all; community action intervention; and finally, tying it all together – inter-agency collaboration.”

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