Domestic violence schemes don’t work, says judge

NZ Herald Feb 17, 2009

A top judge says programmes aimed at stopping domestic violence should be redesigned for one-off offenders and for Maori and Asian men. Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier told a hui for anti-violence providers in Auckland yesterday that too many offenders were dropping out of anti-violence programmes, possibly partly because of the current “one-size-fits-all” approach.

“I believe we should screen in order to determine whether attendance is likely to be effective,” he said. “If there is a one-off act of violence, which is limited to and caused by a certain context, should we really be requiring offenders to attend a programme that assumes the violence is a continuous or systematic feature of the respondent’s relationships?