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Fight against harmful behaviour in the NZ Defence Force has not been won

The review into Operation Respect – the Defence Force's flagship plan to combat sexual violence and harassment – contains damning findings. Implemented in 2016, Operation Respect was tasked with the admirable goal of stamping out harmful behaviour in the NZDF.

The organisation-wide initiative is based on the Canadian Armed Forces’ approach to addressing the same issues but, four years on, the 68-page report makes clear the NZDF has much work to do.

Report writers Dr Carol MacDonald and Debbie Teale spoke to more than 400 past and present Defence Force personnel and discovered significant challenges to creating positive change.

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