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A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today.

The Family Violence Bill and the Family Violence (Amendments) Bill have both passed their third readings in Parliament and will become law.

For the first time, chief executives from across the public service will be taking collective responsibility to end family and sexual violence in New Zealand.

Minister of Justice Andrew Little has today announced amendments to the Family and Whānau Violence Bill, designed to strengthen the legislative foundations of the family violence system.

Justice Minister Andrew Little and Under-Secretary Jan Logie have received the independent review into allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying at leading law firm Russell McVeagh.