Domestic violence law changes

The family violence amendment bill, was read by the New Zealand Parliament on 15 March 2017 . 

Here is the information about what groups could be affected in the bill and how.

What is the bill about?

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill would implement the Government’s “Safer Sooner reforms” policy announced in September 2016. It proposes a raft of changes to the Domestic Violence Act (and other related Acts), with a focus on:

What does the bill do?

The bill proposes extensive changes to the Domestic Violence Act 1995. These include, among other things:

The Crimes Act 1961 would also be amended, in order to provide for several new offences:

The bill also seeks to amend the Bail Act 2000, Care of Children Act 2004, Criminal Procedure Act 2011, Evidence Act 2006, and Sentencing Act 2002. In total, it would make consequential changes to more than thirty pieces of law.

Who might this bill affect?

What happens next?

The bill was introduced on 15 March 2017 and is set down for first reading.