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The Glenn Inquiry: Family violence victims say help failing them

Wednesday, June 18, 2014   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: families, violence, children, research

Excerpt from The Glenn Inquiry media release: Monday 16th June 2014

People most affected by child abuse and domestic violence are urging the whole country to adopt zero tolerance to violence and are calling for an overhaul of agencies they say are failing to protect, help or understand them.

They want a fundamental culture shift that puts children first and promotes a caring society that makes it clear violence – and the binge drinking implicated in much of the abuse - is abnormal.

They identify widespread dysfunction in the courts and broken, poorly resourced and disconnected services among the barriers to recovery. But they are adamant that the remedies should not be left to government alone.

They suggest a national strategy for addressing child abuse and domestic violence -- across all levels and branches of society and government. This would strengthen and protect families, restore relationships and overhaul failing or harmful systems.

The strategy would address poverty and social differences, and require agencies to collaborate. Professionals, frontline workers and legal professionals need to be better trained.

These are the central messages from about 500 survivors, offenders and frontline workers who told their stories to the independent Glenn Inquiry into New Zealand’s alarming domestic violence and child abuse statistics.

They are set out in The People’s Report, which summarises and analyses often harrowing and disturbing testimony of the participants, and their suggestions for change. The report is the first major work by the inquiry, conducted and peer reviewed by professional researchers. The initiative is funded by businessman and philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn.

The work is an innovative grass-roots approach to give those most affected a voice at the table in designing a better system for keeping children and families safe.

The people talked and the inquiry has listened. A recurring pattern was the connection between abuse as a child, domestic violence and child neglect. So too was the normalisation of violence in some families.

However, the report is not simply a catalogue of despair. People told of how with the right long-lasting support or intervention it is possible to break the cycle and escape and recover from family violence.

Many cited exemplary programmes that help people rebuild their lives. They reported improved responses or standout efforts by some agencies and individuals, notably police, individual school teachers and counsellors and those services that work together effectively.

But despite small pockets of excellence they say some things that are meant to help don’t, or just make things worse.


View a copy of The People's Report by the Glenn Inquiry and associated documents.

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