32 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1770 (2008-2009)
It's Not OK: New Zealand's Efforts to Eliminate Violence against Women

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                      SPECIAL REPORT

  IT'S NOT OK: NEW ZEALAND'S EFFORTS TO
     ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN




                          Jorge Contesse*
                        Jeanmarie Fenrich

                        INTRODUCTION
     Over the last decade, New Zealand has made significant
efforts to address an acute social problem-violence against
women. In New Zealand, it is estimated that one in three women
has been a victim of domestic violence.1 In an effort to combat
the   problem, New      Zealand   has   enacted   legislation and
regulations that aim to prevent and eliminate domestic violence.2
New Zealand has also created visible public education campaigns
calling upon people to stop family violence, as domestic
violence is called in New Zealand.3 As a result, domestic violence
is no longer circumscribed to the private sphere, and it is not
difficult to strike up a conversation on the issue. Nonetheless,
the   levels of domestic violence     remain   surprisingly  high.
Domestic violence affects all segments of the population and all
ethnicities in New Zealand; however, the prevalence rates within




    * 2007-2008 Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights, Leitner Center for
International Law andJustice, Fordham University School of Law.
    ** Executive Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham
University School of Law.
    1. See infra text accompanying note 171.
    2. See infra notes 43-83 (discussing the Domestic Violence Act 1995 and its
regulations).
    3. Although domestic violence or family violence may also include child abuse,
this report considers only male partner violence against women, and, as used in this
report, domestic violence and family violence refer only to male partner violence
against women.


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