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Weekly Media Roundup

November 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Social service agencies dealing with 'avalanche of traumatised children'

The White Ribbon riders on their staunch motorbikes have clocked the kms this week, travelling around the region with their message for men to stand up and say no to violence against women. Rachel Rose spoke with the agencies responding to domestic violence in Whanganui to find out how our community is doing and the changes that are coming.

Whanganui's schools and social service agencies are dealing with an "avalanche of traumatised children", according to senior social workers.

For all the numbers, Tim Metcalfe reckons the state of our kids' wellbeing is a more useful barometer than police statistics when it comes to measuring what progress Whanganui is making to curb the violence happening in homes.

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Man locked in psychiatric hospital as young boy, abused in state care, wants inquiry to 'set him free'

Toni Jarvis is used to fighting.

The 57-year-old Alexandra-based father-of-four has spent most of his life fighting for justice, for accountability, for apologies, for answers - fighting for his voice to be heard.

The time to be heard has finally come. He hopes.

This month Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the terms and conditions for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care, which will begin in early 2019. Jarvis is thrilled Ardern delivered on a promise she made to him on the steps of Parliament last year when he presented an open letter calling for an inquiry.

"She hugged me and said, 'If I win the election I will hear your cry and you will have your inquiry'. She gave me hope. For the first time, in such a long time, I was going to be heard."

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Glimmer of hope for Lake Alice state abuse survivors

From January next year the Royal Commission will begin its inquiry into historical abuse in state care and faith-based institutions.

One of the facilities under its microscope will be the notorious Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit.

Despite 41 former Lake Alice patients making complaints of both physical and sexual abuse, police have never prosecuted anyone.

Between 1972 and 1977 more than 300 children were diagnosed with behavioural problems and sent to the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent unit, all under the care of Dr Selwyn Leeks.

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Changes to Family Violence (Amendment) Act in effect from Monday

Strangulation and suffocation, forced marriage and assault on family members will all become new offences under legislation aimed at preventing family violence which comes into effect next week.

The new offences are part of the Family Violence (Amendments) Act which was passed by Parliament last month and will be introduced in two tranches.

Under the changes that come into effect on Monday are the three new offences, as well as changes to bail laws to prioritise the safety of victims of family violence, and putting the onus on defendants to challenge the use of video evidence at trial rather than on the victim to make a case for its use.

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Justice at a cost: $300k legal fees to escape domestic violence

It took two years and more than $300,000 in legal fees for a Kiwi domestic violence survivor to win the right to keep her kids in New Zealand.

Susan is one of the many women forced back to Australia through the international Hague Convention, having fled the country with her children after suffering abuse at the hands of her partner.

She wants to highlight the problems with how Australia treats New Zealand citizens, and force through changes that would prevent more women going through her situation.

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The silent weapon controlling women in New Zealand

New research released by Good Shepherd New Zealand has exposed the country’s hidden economic abuse issue. The findings should be an important catalyst for action, writes Nicola Eccleton.

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Manliness is not about dominance

This Sunday is White Ribbon Day, where there is an international focus on the effort to eradicate violence against women.

Even with 80 percent of family and intimate-partner violence incidents going unreported, New Zealand has the worst rate for this violence in the world.

So, what can we do about it?

Poverty and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs are often elements in family violence, and are clearly major problems themselves in our society. We need to support people in rehabilitation efforts. And our political, social sector, economic development and business leaders need to work together to help move people into work, and to drive sustained lifts in productivity and wages across the regional economy.

The main driver of family violence, though, is that we have a culture which still expects masculinity to involve dominance and toughness; worldwide such cultures have a problem with male violence against women. New Zealand has the third highest rate of sexual assault in the world, showing again that too many Kiwi men express their masculinity through dominance and power over women.

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Non-violent men asked to stand up to domestic violence for White Ribbon Day

Non-violent men are being challenged to stand up to domestic violence.

Today is White Ribbon Day, which aims to highlight the country's shocking domestic violence statistics.

Campaign manager Rob McCann told Newshub we can all do our bit - even if we're not violent ourselves.

"If we don't get the help of the average Kiwi bloke, we're not going to make a real dent in this. We've got the highest rate of reported violence towards women in the developed world," he said.

Mr McCann said there are often chances for people to intervene.

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Richie Hardcore reveals how his abusive past helped his crusade against toxic masculinity

Dedicated to making a difference to social issues affecting communities around New Zealand, Richie Hardcore knows personally how toxic masculinity can shape lives. 

He grew up with family violence and it's his experiences that form the basis of his passion to raise awareness, prompt discussion and inspire change. 

"At an emotional level, I know what it's like to be a scared little kid and an angry teenager," Richie told Newshub. 

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Men urged to speak up on White Ribbon Day

New Zealand has the highest rate of reported violence towards women in the developed world.  That’s despite 80 per cent of abuse going unreported.

One in three women will experience parent violence in their lives, and 14 woman a year are killed by their partners or ex-partners.

These statistics are a sober reminder today - White Ribbon Day – which is a global campaign led by men who condemn violence against women.

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Kyle MacDonald: Kiwi comedian shares battle with domestic violence

Last Sunday, November 25, was the International Day for the Elimination of Men's Violence Towards Women. This is a day we mark in New Zealand as White Ribbon Day. It aims to end men's violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.

On the Nutters Club on NewstalkZB we fittingly had Eteuati Ete - one Half of the Comedy Duo "The Laughing Samoans" - and wife Mele Wendt as our guests.

Ete, who had been physically abusive in his relationship, talked about how he had overcome, with help and support, his violence.

And how Mele came to forgive him.

There is no doubt that New Zealand has a deadly problem with relationship violence. And there is also no doubt that the awareness raising efforts of organisations like White Ribbon are invaluable, and necessary.

But it can also be too easy to buy into the idea that violent men are bad men, that bad men will always be bad men, and that the world is divided into bad men and good men.

If only life were that clear cut.

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White Ribbon group mobs mall

Georgia Clark (left, 17) and Jordyn Martin (16), both of Queen’s High School, sing at a kapa haka flash mob at the Meridian mall in support of White Ribbon Day yesterday.

The event was a collaboration of the kapa haka groups from Queen’s and King’s High Schools (He Waka Kōtuia) and Otago Girls’ High School (Wairua Puhou). Performers spread across the food court at the mall at 2pm to sing.

The event was organised by the Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence, a group of government and non-government organisations that work together on the issue of family violence. 

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United Nations finds the deadliest place for women is at home

Last year, 238 women across the globe were killed every day.

Six women were killed every hour, at least four of them at the hands of someone they knew.

According to the 2018 report on the killing of women and girls released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, about 87,000 were killed worldwide in 2017, 58 per cent of them by an intimate partner or relative.

Many of these deaths could have been prevented.

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UN Women launch 16 days of activism

The United Nations has launched 16 days of activism against gender based violence, calling for the elimination of attacks on women and girls.

The campaign by the UN Women's agency is running from 25 November until Human Rights Day on 10 December.

It aims to capitalise on the global outcry against sexual harassment and social media conversations such as #MeToo and #TimesUp.

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Hague Convention forces abuse survivors back to Australia: 'It's the ultimate control'

New Zealand women fleeing domestic violence in Australia are being forced back across the ditch under an international child abduction agreement.

The Hague Convention was created in 1980 to force the return of a child when one parent takes them from their country of residence.

Nearly 40 years on, lawyers say the convention is outdated, and being used to revictimise women who have fled abusive relationships.

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Editorial: When good intentions go wrong

EDITORIAL: This is what they mean by unintended consequences. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was drawn up in 1980 to protect the interests of abducted children by forcing their return to their country of origin.

That sounds good on paper and we are all sympathetic when we hear heartbreaking stories about a parent who has kidnapped a child and fled. The convention orders their return. However it has also had the disturbing side-effect of re-victimising women who have fled domestic violence. 

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Auckland youth worker who groomed 12-year-old girl sentenced to home detention

A 23-year-old former youth worker has been sentenced to 11 months' home detention after coercing a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts on him. 

Devonte Vincent Mulitalo​ was sentenced on Monday at Auckland District Court after earlier admitting one charge of sexual connection with a young person under 16 and one charge of indecent communication. 

Mulitalo groomed the young girl between December 2016 and July 2017 while the victim was in his care at an after school care programme run by Youthtown in Auckland, the court heard. 

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Exclusive: Crown considers appealing home detention sentence for child sex abuse youth worker Devonte Mulitalo

The Crown is considering an appeal against the sentence of home detention handed down to an Auckland youth worker who sexually groomed and abused a 12-year-old girl in his care.

Devonte Vincent Walter Mulitalo, 23, pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual connection with a young person under 16, and a second charge of indecent communication with a young person.

In the Auckland District Court on Monday, Judge Mary-Beth Sharp sentenced Mulitalo to 11 months' home detention for his offending.

The Crown had sought a sentence of imprisonment but after Judge Sharp gave Mulitalo discounts for his remorse, age and lack of previous offending, she handed down a term of home detention.

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Oranga Tamariki 'absolutely appalling' in case of woman's death

A family in mourning is accusing Oranga Tamariki of serious failings after a young mother died while looking after her baby.

They said the baby and her toddler were exposed to drugs and violence, and that warnings signs were clear but social workers did not act.

The woman, in her early 20s, died early this year.

The family had been waiting for months for Oranga Tamariki to hold a review, they said.

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Uber has a new women’s safety campaign, but is it enough?

In the same week that a petition was launched to ban “sexist” ride-sharing app DriveHer, Uber has launched a new initiative to end gender violence in their cars. 

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NZ study: how problem drinking is hurting our kids

A just-launched study will investigate how heavy drinking is worsening New Zealand's shocking child abuse rates.

"New Zealand has one of the highest rates of child maltreatment and neglect in the developed world and heavy alcohol use by caregivers is likely a contributing factor," said Dr Taisia Huckle, of Massey University's SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre.

"This type of harm to children from alcohol remains largely invisible or neglected."

Huckle was this week awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship from the Health Research Council, worth $500,000, to look more deeply at the problem over the next four years.

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Sexual violence prevention organisation's funding in jeopardy amid performance concerns

A sexual violence support organisation earning $500,000 in funding every year was put on a performance improvement plan by the Social Development Ministry (MSD).  

Documents reveal Te Ohaakii a Hine - National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) funding was in jeopardy after its work was allegedly of poor quality and consistently late.

TOAH-NNEST represents organisations providing specialist services for the prevention and intervention of sexual violence.

It's funded by MSD to create reports about the sexual violence sector's needs, send newsletters and organise networking and training opportunities.

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'I’m still in prison, he’s out' – sexual abuse survivor speaks out over court of appeal decision

Warning: This report and the video above contains distressing content.

“Insulting”.

That's how a survivor of sexual abuse by describes a court outcome, which let her attacker out of jail.

Jody Hughes has chosen to have her name suppression lifted and has shared her story on camera for the first time in an interview with 1 NEWS.

Ms Hughes was indecently assaulted by Olympic gold medallist Arthur Parkin on two occasions, when she was aged 11 and 12.

The Blenheim woman thought she had justice when he was jailed in May this year.

Two other women also claimed they'd been assaulted by Parkin, but those complaints weren’t upheld.

He was sentenced to one year, eight months in prison on the Jody Hughes convictions, but this was reduced on appeal.

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MSD placed families at motels it knew housed child sex offenders

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) housed vulnerable families at two motels used to accommodate child sex offenders, despite making assurances it wouldn't, a Stuff investigation has found.

When the botch-up was discovered the Department of Corrections hired security to stand guard at the motels overnight to keep the families safe until alternative lodgings could be arranged.

MSD and Corrections have been under scrutiny since August when Stuff revealed a breakdown in communication led to a notorious child sex offender, who was subject to a 10-year extended supervision order (ESO), being housed in a Palmerston North motel alongside 16 vulnerable families with 41 children.

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Solomons police improve response to family violence

The police in Solomon Islands have taken significant steps to improve the way they respond to family violence.

The announcement coincides with the United Nations' 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

Police commissioner Matthew Varley said a new family violence office had been opened at the Central Police Station in Honiara.

An increasing number of frontline officers are also being trained to respond to family violence, Mr Varley said.

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Dunedin man jailed for rapes, choking despite wife's plea for home detention

A man who repeatedly raped his wife and choked her until her face went purple has been jailed for four and a-half years - despite the victim's pleas for home detention.

The man - aged in his 40s, whose name was permanently suppressed - sat in the dock at the Dunedin District Court sobbing and rocking back and forth throughout yesterday's sentencing.

Despite the routine ordeals his victim underwent, she sat in the public gallery in his support, also crying through the hearing.

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Children were in the car when Whanganui woman drove aggressively toward her partner

Children were in the car when a drunk Whanganui woman got inside it and drove aggressively towards her partner, forcing him to dive for cover, a court has been told.

Ciccone Veronica Robson, 23, appeared in Whanganui District Court on Tuesday where she was sentenced following guilty pleas to four charges.

Police prosecutor Stephen Butler told the court that at 7.45pm on November 16 an intoxicated Robson was yelling at her partner.

"She kicked and punched the victim and hit him in the face. This continued for around three to five minutes," Butler said.

"The defendant got into her vehicle, drove forward in the direction of the victim, causing him to move out of the way."

Robson and her partner have been in a relationship for approximately seven years and in that time had been involved in 15 family harm incidents.

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Prominent entertainer guilty of violence charge

A prominent Kiwi entertainer has admitted a family violence crime.

The man was charged with injuring with intent and was due to go to trial over the incident involving a woman in February.

However, he pleaded guilty yesterday in the North Shore District Court.

The man first appeared in court in June and was granted bail.

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