Family First NZ is praising Wellington police for keeping a weekly list of the 10 worst family violence offenders for that week and sharing private information on them with anti-violence agencies and CYF.
“At last we are taking proactive action towards at-risk families rather than placing good families under unnecessary suspicion and investigation which the anti-smacking law has done,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “It makes perfect sense to monitor families where there is evidence of domestic violence. These are the exact families where the policing, protection, resources and support should be targeted.”
Family First is also rubbishing claims by the Council for Civil Liberties that there may be a perversion of the course of justice and a breach of the presumption of innocence.
“These are families where police have attended family violence callouts. When a family is put at risk by the actions of a violent family member, that family member loses the right to privacy. The rights of the other members of the family to safety far outweigh the civil liberties of the offender,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“The collating of information connected with drug abuse, mental health issues, and previous convictions prove that we are finally starting to identify and target the real causes of child abuse in a practical way.”
Family First has a 5-point Action Plan to tackle child abuse at www.stoptheabuse.org.nz