The People’s Report honours the stories of those who were able to come forward, describe their experience of child abuse and domestic violence and its impact on their lives. It sets out an inside view of what is currently working well, what isn’t and people’s thoughts and suggestions for an ideal system, and ways of taking action.
Message from Sir Owen Glenn
“The People’s Report represents the voice of those most affected by family violence. Their experiences, often harrowing in the extreme and their views on the things that need to change are the keystones of the Report.
“I see The People’s Report as a powerful instrument for change. And it is high time for change if New Zealand is to become a better place for families – and the ‘good society’ we truly aspire to be.”
“There can’t be a more urgent issue facing our society than getting to grips with the national tragedy of child abuse and domestic violence.
This is a wonderful country in so many ways and I count myself a proud New Zealander. But our record on family violence is the dark underbelly of what is often touted as ‘a good society’. A good society doesn’t victimise its women and children the way we do. “The cost in human lives and human potential is appalling and almost incalculable.
“The bleak and shaming reality we face on the home front is what prompted me to set up the Glenn Inquiry.”