Digital Domestic Violence: Are Victims of Intimate Partner Cyber Harassment Sufficiently Protected by New Zealand's Current Legislation?
37 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017
Date Written: May 16, 2017
This paper examines the issue of intimate partner cyber harassment and how effectively the issue is dealt with by New Zealand’s legislation. It argues that while not completely futile, the current legislation does not provide sufficient protections for victims. A suite of legislative amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1995, the Harassment Act 1997 and the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 is therefore recommended. The paper begins by outlining the nature of the behaviour constituting intimate partner cyber harassment and its prevalence and impacts on victims. From this, it is argued that effective protections must be established. The current legislation as it stands fails to fully appreciate the complex issue and protections for victims lie behind procedural barriers. Amending existing legislation is the most desirable solution as it enables pre-existing protections to be utilised to more effectively apply to and thus protect victims of intimate partner cyber harassment.
Keywords: Intimate Partner Cyber Harassment, Domestic Violence Act 1995, Harassment Act 1997, Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K14
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