How can we end the cycle of family violence?

Last updated 08:45 18/12/2014
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What can we do to change New Zealand's shameful child abuse and domestic violence statistics?

According to Aviva, which runs the ReachOut support service for men who have used violence, an increasing number of younger men are using violence against family members - "mostly mums".

Earlier this year, the long-awaited Glenn Inquiry report into child abuse and domestic violence also identified flaws in the system designed to protect those subject to violence, highlighting poor training and co-ordination among institutions and agencies.

The Family Court was widely criticised, and poor communication within the courts was perceived as helping perpetrators avoid facing consequences for their actions.

Child Youth and Family, and Work and Income NZ were also the focus of complaints of those who spoke to the inquiry.

What do you think needs to change in our country to stop the cycle of violence that entraps so many New Zealanders.

Is it our Government policies? Our support systems? Our culture? Our education?

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