This Report presents the findings of this research effort. It consists of three parts: Part I sets out the normative framework on domestic violence, both at the international and national level, and explains the relevant norms that govern the relationship between Maori and the Crown. Part II begins with a background discussion regarding the level of domestic violence in New Zealand. It then proceeds to detail the problems with the domestic law and implementing regulations addressing domestic violence, both with the law as written and problems with the law and regulations as implemented or enforced, the "implementation gaps." It presents the delegation's findings with respect to a range of problems women face when they are victims (and/or survivors) of domestic violence. It also documents the problems activists and workers face when they address these situations. Some of these problems relate to the existing law or government policy whereas others have to do with the way the law and policy has been implemented-or not implemented. Part III addresses domestic violence in Maori communities. While many of the problems presented in Part II also apply to Maori, Part III discusses some issues that affect Maori in particular. Both Parts II and III offer recommendations designed to address the documented problems. During the course of our research, the government of New Zealand has apparently decided to adopt a number of modifications to the existing legislation and policies addressing domestic violence. We commend the government for its willingness to make necessary modifications and join the government in hoping that these changes will help reduce and ultimately eliminate violence against women.
Jorge Contesse and Jeanmarie Fenrich,
It's Not OK: New Zealand's Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women,
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