New Zealand fights domestic violence

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:900
  1. C Essex

    New Zealand is to tighten up its laws against domestic violence. Psychological abuse, intimidation, and harassment will be grounds for the courts to grant a new protection order that will combine the existing non- molestation and non-violence orders.

    The minister of justice, Mr Doug Graham, said that he did not think that judges would have difficulty in deciding what warranted an order. “It might be endless phone calls or standing outside a house all day,” he said.

    The tougher measures follow recommendations made …

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