December 01, 2014
Poverty link to violence overlooked
A Maori child advocate says the Sir Owen Glenn task force into child abuse and domestic violence has told people things they already know, and it’s time for action rather than more reports.
The inquiry reported back last week, recommending tougher liquor laws, the creation of a new family violence court and the appointment of a dedicated family violence minister.
Anton Blank says Sir Owen has been able to generate greater public awareness of the issue, there are many solutions available today that don’t need major legislative change.
They include public education campaigns around parenting and changing societal attitudes.
"The other thing is we can't have any discussion about family violence or child abuse without also talking about poverty so we need to be trying to change attitudes in the community but we also need to address the big picture issues like poverty and unemployment, because research all over the world tells us that where you have poverty you will have family violence," he says.
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