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Review of the Domestic Violence Act 1995

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 10:50 am Tue 18th December 2007

The Ministry of Justice is carrying out a review of the Domestic Violence Act 1995

Somehow I don’t think we should expect substantial reform:

Recently we have consulted government agencies, the judiciary and some representative interest groups to obtain an up-to-date picture of how the legislation is working. Most people we have consulted support the principles and framework of the Act, and there has been no indication over the years that a more fundamental review is warranted. Therefore, we have taken an “issues-based” approach to this review.

Given that NO organisation associated with support for fathers has been consulted to my knowledge, it is not surprising that they claim most stakeholders are happy with the Act.

The discussion document can be read or downloaded from the Ministry of Justice website.

You may send a written submission to:

Domestic Violence Act Review
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 180

Alternatively, you can send your submission electronically to [email protected]

All submissions must be received by Monday 28 January 2008.

Things could get even worse, particularly for parents who try to control their children:

New weapon in tug-of-love cases

Parents could be instantly banned from any contact with their children for months at a time under new proposals to allow claims of psychological abuse to be treated in the same way as allegations of violence in family breakdowns…

The paper said psychological abuse could include “intimidation, harassment, controlling behaviour, threats of physical abuse and also includes causing or allowing a child to see or hear the physical, sexual or psychological abuse of a person with whom the child has a domestic relationship”.


  1. If we don’t try we will never achieve. This needs to be fought on all fronts. The incorporated ones are the best fronts, e.g. Union of Fathers, MENZ etc.

    I have a database a little over 2 years old recording published cases of female violence. It is in Access 2000. I will provide data or copies as required. The figures are conservative, mainly backed up by newspaper articles.


    Comment by Alastair — Tue 18th December 2007 @ 11:19 am

  2. It is the “Allowing a child to hear psychological abuse” bit that is going to get us, anti-father wind is still blowing against us all. They will be able to get your house and your kids, make you pay child support, all based on this flimsy law and most of them will pay nothing at all .

    Comment by swashy — Tue 18th December 2007 @ 12:11 pm


    Another father cornered by these heavy handed laws

    Maybe the review should START to understand that if the law overreacts, then fathers will overreact too, but will these idiots ever understand this ? I am not holding my breath

    Comment by swashy — Wed 19th December 2007 @ 10:22 am

  4. Erm, the EMail address “[email protected]” has a problem , too many dots ?

    Comment by DadswillPrevail — Wed 19th December 2007 @ 7:43 pm

  5. Where TF is the NZ fathers 4 justice ? That is what is needed to stop all the “Cutting Edge report” biassed bulls***, show the public our hurt, and how we feel about being parted from our kids and the injustice of the family courts, nothing is ever changed from the inside. Semi violent measures will never work, it needs humour and protest together, where is NZ FAthers 4 Justice , why has nobody started it yet ? And will we all look good in the Superman tights ?

    Comment by DadswillPrevail — Wed 19th December 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  6. Thanks for the heads-up DadswillPrevail

    I’ve removed the extra dot in the email, and corrected the first link in the post so that it actually works.

    How many times do I have to tell authors: “CHECK EVERY LINK”, before this slackness ends?

    Comment by JohnP — Wed 19th December 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  7. Dear DadswillPrevail

    Where are the NZ fathers 4 justice?

    Try looking at the “Fathers Coalition”.
    Matt O’Connor and I spoke in depth prior to his initial outward bound visit to the USA and apparent stardom overtook when I was seeking his intervention in a UK input into my case.
    My opinion was that Dollars spoke louder than any commitment to cause, and the “Real Fathers for Justice” in the UK came to fruition from his fellow disenfrachised members in the UK who felt that F4J was being used.
    When in New Zealand certain figures decided that protesting against the Systemic Abusers personally was warranted we decided upon the name of “Fathers Coalition”.
    This name has credence within New Zealand and Overseas.
    The protests undertaken at the residences of Family Court Lawyer, Judges, Specialists, MP’s culminating at Cromwell Street at the residence of Helen Clark can be found recorded throughout International Mens Rights Sites.
    This was ground breaking mens activism.
    Invitations and pleas were extended to this Nation of disenfranchised parents to participate, so few do so.
    The Family Court frown upon any being party to the Fathers Coalition and System players advocate you steer well clear.
    History dictates otherwise.
    The actions of the Coalition have brought about more than a halt of the swing of the pendulum but it requires extensive solidarity and support to bring it perpendicular.
    How can you help???
    I personally faced more than most and triumphed through the network of the loosely formed “Fathers Coalition”.
    Judge O’Donovan has prohibited me under Order from updating my website of Family Court proceedingsFamilyCourtNewZealand however, Legal precedent is on my side should I wish to be challenging and publish the evident corruption.

    Fathers 4 Justice, Fathers Coalition same cause, different terminology.
    Will buy a Batman costume for you to wear if you wish to stop traffic on the Harbour Bridge, perhaps initially a proactive support rather than resigned apathy is the first step.

    Kind Regards
    Paul catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families.
    (09) 940 6236

    Comment by Paul Catton — Wed 19th December 2007 @ 10:32 pm

  8. The Fathers Coalition is alive and well and most Judges at my local Courthouse have witnessed a F4J Batman protesting peacefully outside . Yesterday I was interviewed by Ali Jones from news talk ZB as part of the Fathers Coalition as suicide is painless for many dads shafted by a corrupt justice system . Take my kids at Christmas ,sad time for many but Helen Clark thinks its funny !!

    Comment by dad4justice — Thu 20th December 2007 @ 7:19 am

  9. As a Fathers Coalition , are we going to send submissions ( what is the closing date ?)collectively or singularly?

    The Team in Wellington could co-ordinate ?

    Does anybody know what is happening regarding this golden opportunity to change the law on behalf of countless fathers ? We must get organized boys and girls as you know our children and gran children deserve a huge effort -eh ?

    Comment by dad4justice — Thu 20th December 2007 @ 3:52 pm

  10. Oh while I am over here , who from Union of Fathers is available in the Canterbury region as I am swamped with alienated fathers and gran mothers ?

    Comment by dad4justice — Thu 20th December 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  11. Yes, it seems that quite a few lawyers are reading these pages, and using them as ammo, be careful Dads ! I am sure that you are right about Mr O’Connor, BUT HE DID GET PUBLICITY, and brought our plight to the forefront and started the ball rolling for Dads THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! While the activities of FC are maybe what is required, anything remotely violent must be avoided in the current hysterical , trumped up “Domestic Violence” era. I would be interested in joining in with any peaceful protests and anything involving dressing up in tights (my sons would love that).

    Comment by DadsWillPrevail — Thu 20th December 2007 @ 8:55 pm

  12. It is important that the truth of the oppression of men and their children under Helen Clake’s femnazi regime is recorded in history.

    Helen Clark confuses LIBERAL with LIBERTY.

    Comment by Peter — Sun 30th December 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  13. I am guessing for this review and submission a law, “Woman Assaults Man” is what is being asked for.

    Comment by julie — Sat 12th January 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  14. My submission.Probably just another exercise in futility?

    Comment by dad4justice — Mon 28th January 2008 @ 4:16 pm


    Comment by rosie — Tue 26th February 2008 @ 7:21 am

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