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NCJ Number: 91369 Find in a Library
Title: Submissions to the Minister of Justice on the Rape Study - An Analysis
Author(s): J Petterson
Corporate Author: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Planning and Development Div
New Zealand
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: This report summarizes the responses of various organizations and individuals to New Zealand's rape study, with attention to police processing of complaints, victim support services, the substantive law, and the trial process.
Abstract: After releasing volume 1 of the rape study in March 1983, the Minister of Justice called for responses to it. A total of 111 responses were received from individuals and a wide range of organizations. Although the views expressed in the responses were diverse, on most issues there was a clear majority view if not a consensus. There is general agreement that existing police and criminal justice system procedures for dealing with rape cases can create unnecessary distress for the rape victim. All but a few responses favor some change in the substantive law. There was some criticism of the study for not having dealt with certain issues in depth, such as the causes of rape, but most respondents commended the study for its victim-centered approach. The majority favored abolition of the present spousal immunity from a rape charge. Proposals for change ranged from relatively simple reforms in administrative procedure to wholesale changes in the law and the criminal justice system. A list of respondents is included. For related material, see NCJ-90453 and NCJ-90477.
Index Term(s): Law reform; New Zealand; Police policies and procedures; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Rape; Sexual assault victims; Trial procedures; Victim services
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