Safety – “Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices.
Women’s March Global stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes” (Women’s March Global statement of worldwide vision and focus).
In New Zealand/Aotearoa, the statistics related to assault against women are grim. The effects of such violence are even more devastating.
Sexual assault – The Ministry of Justice released these data in 2016:
– Distressing sexual touching – 22% of women compared to 5% of men
– Attempted forced sexual intercourse – 11% of women compared to 2% of men
– Forced sexual intercourse – 11% of women compared to 2% of men
– Other sexual violence – 10% of women compared to 2% of men.
For more information, see Rape Crisis Dunedin.
Domestic violence – According to Women’s Refuge, domestic violence is one of the leading causes of injury and death to women in NZ.
– In one study it was reported that from 33-39% of NZ women experience some type of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
– Domestic violence can cause short and long-term health problems such as mental illness, problems with sexual and reproductive health, and significant economic problems for women and their children.
– In 2015, Women’s Refuge reported that they received nearly 82,000 crisis line calls (an average of 1 call every 6.5 minutes). For more information visit Women’s Refuge.
Homicide – The New Zealand Police report that between 2007-2014, the majority of homicide victims were males killed by non-family members, but just over a third of female homicide victims were killed by their partner.
For more information see NZ Police.
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Political Party Policies
Here’s where the different political parties (in alphabetical order) stand on issues related to violence against and protecting the safety of women.
Labour • Increase number of police officers by 1,000 over 3 years
• Focus police efforts on assault, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, and meth
• No policy related to policing
National • Increase police staff by 1,125 over four years
• Establish a national 24/7 phone number for non-emergencies
• Require those organisations who receive funding from The Ministry of Social Development to share clients’ sensitive details
• Increase police officers by 1,800 as soon as possible
• Increase funding for neighbourhood support, community patrols, and Māori and Pasifika wardens