Green Party co-leader James Shaw in support of Marama Davidson following violence comment
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Green Party co-leader James Shaw in support of Marama Davidson following violence comment

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson's comment that it is 'white cis men' who cause violence in the world has been attributed to her being struck by a motorcyclist before she was 'accosted by inflammatory questions', in a statement released by Davidson on Monday afternoon.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins addressed media asking for leniency when judging the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence on her words.

"I don't expect perfection from people, particularly not when they have just experienced a trauma like that.

"She has subsequently clarified her words and I accept the clarification that she has given."

Greens co-leader James Shaw told Lloyd Burr on Monday evening he supports Davidson in her statement.

"She had been hit by a motorcycle and then was essentially door stopped by quite an aggressive conspiracy theory, Counterspin person," Shaw said.

"In her shock, she wasn't completely clear about what it was she was trying to say. 

“The point being that violence is unacceptable and it is clear that women are overwhelmingly more likely to be victims of family violence and sexual violence at the hands of men."

When asked whether Davidson had formally apologised for what she is seen to have said in the video, Shaw reiterated to Burr that she had just been hit by a motorcyclist.

"I'm prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt.

"I think if I had just been hit by a motorcycle as well, it's not likely I would be completely clear in what I was saying too."

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