Story: Domestic violence

Safety orders

From 2009 police were able to use safety orders to remove an alleged domestic violence offender from the home for up to five days. Safety orders were useful in cases where there was not enough evidence to arrest a person, but good reason to believe that violence had occurred or could do so. They gave victims of violence time to consider what steps they should take next.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Law and policing changes – 1980s and beyond', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 19 Jul 2018