I live in the north island and have a friend in the south island who has a 3 year old son to a guy who is verbally

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Customer: I live in the north island and have a friend in the south island who has a 3 year old son to a guy who is verbally abusive, grabs her by the throat and threatens her with physical violence. He also makes threats of never letting her see the child again. i am just wondering about the legal implications if I manage to get her up to my house without him being aware and then sorting out the child visitation etc once my friend and her child are safely away from the property
JA: Have criminal charges been filed? If so, when's the next court date?
Customer: No charges have been laid, she has not made many people aware of the situation and claims involving the police would only make the situation worse as even when she tries to leave things get worse
JA: Where is the guy located? Criminal law varies by state.
Customer: They are located in Canterbury about an hour from Christchurch city. I am up in the Tararua District
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I have a screenshot of her telling me about the situation and I myself have witnessed him yelling at her when I went to visit for a week but he refrained from touching her because I was on the property. I just did not realise it was an ongoing and regular occurance
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In a situation like this, she should leave and apply immediately for a protection order and for parenting orders for the child. If there is regular domestic violence he will have no chance of keeping the children, and she will be able to claim relationship property. Once you get her safely away from him, she should see a lawyer and she would probably get legal aid to pay for the lawyer. You should also take her to WINZ. There she will be able to apply for a benefit, and also apply for child support through Inland Revenue

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