Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Police and domestic violence

New Zealand First is calling on the government to review the Domestic Violence Act in the wake of a report saying that it was ineffective. However, the reason it is ineffective is that it is not being properly enforced by Police; they just didn't take it seriously. The answer then seems to be obvious: review the Police, and find out why they are refusing to enforce the law. If it's resourcing, then find out what they need to be able to do it properly, and provide it. But if it's bad attitudes and a belief that domestic violence isn't really a crime and isn't worth their effort, then that needs to be rooted out.