It seems an appalling irony that in a peace-loving and
''civilised'' society, some of the worst violence we
experience in this country goes on in what should be the
safest place for any New Zealander - their home.
The Government needs to launch an inquiry into why New
Zealand has such high domestic violence and maternal
mortality rates compared with other Organisation for Economic
Development and Co-operation (OECD) countries, the head of
United Nations Women New Zealand says.
There are women and children living in unimaginable domestic situations in New Zealand. This is Women's Refuge awareness week, Debbie Porteous speaks to one Dunedin woman about her harrowing experiences.