Physical Punishment by Parents: The New Zealand Reform

“Physical Punishment by Parents: The New Zealand Reform” in A Büchler and M Müller-Chen (eds) Private Law national – global – comparative Festschrift für Ingeborg Schwenzer zum 60. Geburtstag (Stämpfli and Intersentia, Bern, 2011)

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 21/2015

16 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015 Last revised: 2 Mar 2015

Bill Atkin

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Once a small branch of family law, family violence is now one of the biggest topics of the area, reflecting its position as one of the largest social problems in the West. One of the main talking points is the acceptability of corporal punishment of a child by a parent/guardian, whether at home or in public. This chapter describes the legislative process towards banning the defence of corporal punishment in New Zealand, and the vigorous debate that surrounds the subject to this day. It then analyses the law as it stands today, as well as describing subsequent developments since the law change took place.

Keywords: Family Violence, Spouse Abuse, Child Abuse, Corporal Punishment, Child Discipline, Domestic Violence, Reasonable Force.

JEL Classification: K39, K14

Suggested Citation

Atkin, Bill, Physical Punishment by Parents: The New Zealand Reform (2011). “Physical Punishment by Parents: The New Zealand Reform” in A Büchler and M Müller-Chen (eds) Private Law national – global – comparative Festschrift für Ingeborg Schwenzer zum 60. Geburtstag (Stämpfli and Intersentia, Bern, 2011); Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 21/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545169

Bill Atkin (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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