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Stop asking victims to protect themselves – report

RNZ News, 25 February 2016

The New Zealand independent Family Violence Death Review Committee has released its fifth report.

In the 10 years to 2012, there were 312 family violence deaths in New Zealand.

Domestic abuse charity Shine supports the call for agencies to take practical steps to make victims safe.

Jill Proudfoot, who heads client services, said it “beggars belief” that some victims were still being told to keep themselves safe.

The laudable aim of “empowering” victims had come dangerously close to “abandoning them”, she said.

“When you leave the woman to make all the choices and take all the action, you’re actually saying to her, ‘You’re on your own’.”

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