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2013/07/23

​A final ruling the victim's information is safe



The independent review by two crime experts found that personal devices were used to record information presented in the child abuse inquiry, a practice described in the report as undesirable.

It also found methods for collecting and storing information need improvement.

But Women's Refuge CEO, Heather Henare, and Rethinking Crime and Punishment's Kim Workman found there was no evidence information provided by domestic violence victims is unsafe in the hands of those running the inquiry.

"We found that while participants' personal information was safe, improvements were required otter case," Ms Henare said.

The inquiry, funded by philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn, came under scrutiny after concerns surfaced about the confidentiality and safety of evidence given by domestic violence victims.

Several key staffers quit the inquiry after the concerns surfaced.

Sir Owen has pledged one tenth of his $800 million fortune to the inquiry which is investigating child abuse in New Zealand.

The review of the inquiry's safety procedures made 23 recommendations in its report, which was presented to the Glenn Inquiry board on July 8.

Those include implementing more robust policies around the collection and storage of sensitive information, strengthening the inquiry's board in terms of expertise, fr4 pcb gender and ethnicity, considering reframing the inquiry as a research project and hiring an inquiry specific communications manager.

It also recommended that personal devices were no longer used to capture information from victims.

Sir Owen has gained media attention in recent weeks after allegations of decade-old abuse against his then personal assistant in Hawaii surfaced.

Sir Owen denies he ever abused the woman, label sticker but withdrew his application to act as an ambassador for anti-violence group White Ribbon following the allegations.

Several more staffers quit the inquiry following the revelations.


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