Meaningful action needed on child abuse and domestic violence
Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says the People’s Report released today confirms what we already know about the
impacts of domestic violence.
“The report demonstrates the importance of quality relationship education in schools, which has been shown to be a
primary prevention factor that will reduce abuse and violence over time. It also confirms that child abuse often goes
hand in hand with domestic violence. And it reinforces the need to change behaviours and say that alcohol abuse and
violence are not a normal part of home life.”
“I look forward to the economic analysis and the blueprint solutions report later this year. These upcoming reports have
the potential to make a significant contribution to the issue.
“The challenge is to use this and the other information available and to turn it into meaningful action. We need to
identify what works and to invest in it. This also means we need to stop doing and funding what isn’t making a
“This challenge requires us all – central and local government, employers, community organisations together with
families, to support a coherent, long-term strategy to reduce child abuse and domestic violence.”
Ms Milnes also acknowledged the 500 people who came forward and shared their experiences of child abuse and domestic
violence with the Glenn Inquiry.
“If anyone can make a difference, then New Zealand can. Look at the difference we have made on drink driving. Change is
possible – but we all need to get behind it and make the change.”