“One person has been locked away but are New Zealand women any safer?” asks White Ribbon Manager Rob McCann.
“We certainly feel better about ourselves, but in locking away one person we have not addressed the fact that one in three women experience violence from a partner or ex-partner in their lifetime. We have not addressed the unhealthy attitudes towards women that are nurtured by pornography, or the clichéd masculinity that is created when we tell our young men that ‘boys don’t cry’ or to ‘harden up’.”
“We have not addressed the victim blaming which the defence tried to utilise and that those same myths were repeated by sections of our communities.”
White Ribbon Ambassador Mark Longley agrees. “It is great that justice has been done today and the man who murdered Grace will spend a long time behind bars.
“What is a shame though is that in the 12 months after Grace's murder we saw a higher than average number of women in New Zealand die at the hands of their partner.
"The death of Grace and the women after her must not be in vain, violence against women, in any form, is wrong and it is up to us men to spread that message.
"As men our voice can be incredibly powerful, whether that is just checking in on a mate and asking if he is ok, or uniting to speak out against violence towards women," says Longley..