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Weekly Media Roundup

May 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM

Stuff: $320m package to tackle family and sexual violence 'fantastic start'

The general manager a stopping violence service in the top of the south has welcomed the Government's announcement of a $320 million package to help break the cycle of family and sexual violence in New Zealand.

Dee Cresswell, of SVS Living Safe, said the planned multimillion-dollar investment was a fantastic start to a whole-of-community and whole-of-Government approach to eliminating family violence, which she believed could be achieved.



RNZ: Govt pledges $320m to tackle family, sexual violence

Thousands more survivors of family and sexual violence will be able to get immediate and specialist help as a result of a multi-million-dollar plan unveiled by the government.

The package, worth $320 million over four years, aims to improve violence prevention, sexual violence services and the justice system - to better respond to victims.

That will include a move towards victims giving video statements in court, and specialist training for lawyers who handle sexual violence cases.

Jan Logie is a parliamentary undersecretary for Justice with responsibilities for Sexual and Domestic Violence. She talks to Corin Dann.

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Stuff: Finally, relief for survivors of sexual violence - but caution remains

ANALYSIS: The announcement that $131 million will be spent on helping sexual violence survivors has stunned the sector, but some are happier than others and the difference - good and not so good - is in the fine print.

The pre-Budget package announced by PM Jacinda Ardern and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Domestic and Sexual Violence Jan Logie on Sunday, represents a massive injection of funds for these support services, with an extra $24.9m for children and young people, and $50.6m for adults. Another $12m will be spent on improving outcomes for male survivors of sexual harm.

That's a big bump from the $46m given sector-wide in 2016, which had to be spread between children, adults, male survivors, pilots for Kaupapa Māori services, and services working to tackle sexually harmful behaviour.



Stuff: Funding boost creates first sexual violence services for ethnic communities

Victims of sexual violence from ethnic communities will soon have a dedicated service providing counselling and support thanks to a recently announced Government funding package.

The initiative, created by Shama, a not-for-profit organisation run by ethnic women for ethic women, has $30,000 in seed funding and in talks with Government to get some of the $320m package designed to better support sexual and family violence responses nationwide.

Until now, there has never been a specialist service for ethnic communities, project coordinator Rebecca Fraser said.



Newstalk ZB: Lawyers welcome changes to sexual violence court process

Lawyers are welcoming changes to the way sexual violence cases are handled.

The upcoming Wellbeing Budget will see $320 million invested over four years into trying to break the cycle of family and sexual violence.

A greater focus is expected to go on victim impact statements being heard by video - and specialist training for lawyers in sexual violence cases.

Meredith Connell Crown prosecutor, Kirsten Lummis, told Kate Hawkesby sexual violence training should come from the judiciary.



Stuff: Pilot scheme to tackle family violence gets two-year extension

Each morning Beatrice Brown or one of her team sit in the cells at Christchurch Police Station and talk to men and women locked up for harming their family.

Their aim is to stop the perpetrators from hurting their family again and most of the time Brown and her team are successful.

Some 87 per cent of people arrested for family violence have agreed to talk and 83 per cent of those have not committed violence against their family again during the first six months of the scheme, which started in July 2018.



RNZ: Beating domestic violence by making it a workplace issue

Danielle (not her real name) was the victim of domestic violence, and knows all too well how abusive relationships can impact working life.

“I was doing mostly administrative work and he used to follow me… and intimidate other male coworkers, and that would get me kicked out of the job. I did leave a couple of jobs because they were like ‘we feel uncomfortable with him’. I could tell him that, but I felt I had no power at the time to sort of get myself out of it, so I just sort of left the job and went onto the next really”

Danielle’s story is not unique. One in three women in New Zealand experience domestic violence, and that number goes as high as one in two if you count psychological abuse.

Janet Fanslow is an associate professor at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and has been leading huge data collection projects to understand the scale of domestic violence in New Zealand. She says it’s high time employers acknowledge the impact of domestic violence on staff. 



Newshub: Oranga Tamariki isn't 'snatching babies' - Children's Minister Tracey Martin

Children's Minister Tracey Martin isn't happy with the way media are reporting on Oranga Tamariki.

There have been numerous reports lately about the number of children being removed from their families by the state child protection agency.

"We see articles about meth problems, we know that we have massive domestic violence figures... yet apparently Oranga Tamariki is 'snatching babies'. I think it's unfortunate reporting," she told interviewer Simon Shepherd.

There has actually been a drop in the number of kids going into state care in the past year, but numbers continue to rise because they're staying longer, Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss told Newshub Nation in March.

Martin insists the number of babies being taken away is also dropping, after a steep rise between 2015 and 2017.



The Hui: 'Not one more baby': Māori leaders call for change at Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki says the physical and emotional wellbeing of children taken into its care would shock and sadden most New Zealanders.

Most are from backgrounds involving serious factors which can include exposure to family violence, parental drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse and chronic neglect.

But some Māori are challenging the approach Oranga Tamariki is taking in the removal of babies from the maternity wards.

Last week Ngāti Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana vowed not one more baby from his iwi would be taken, while Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki wants to see iwi better resourced to help tackle child abuse.

Watch their interview with The Hui


Stuff: Supernanny-like social workers could be living in at-risk homes as part of new social services

Supernanny-like social workers could all but live in the homes of troubled families, as part of a new plan to stem the flow of vulnerable children into state care. Katie Kenny and Blair Ensor examine the plan for The Homicide Report.

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1 News Now: Breakfast investigates victim blaming in sexual assault cases, rape culture and low prosecution rates

In the wake of shocking new statistics about sexual assault conviction rates, TVNZ's Breakfast show has been looking into the situation with a number of experts in the field.

New research done by the Law Talk magazine, compiling figures released by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Justice, shows in 2018, just half of all adults charged with sexual assault and related offences were convicted.

That's 51 per cent of the 5300 that went before the courts.

Of all adult crime put before the courts in New Zealand, sexual assault is the least likely to result in a guilty verdict.



RNZ: Government stands by targets to reduce child poverty

The government has confirmed its official targets for reducing child poverty by half within 10 years.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, Jacinda Ardern, says the Government's plan will halve child poverty, making New Zealand the best performing nation for children.

The Child Poverty Reduction Act passed with cross-party support late last year and introduced the requirement for governments to report on rates of child poverty every year in the Budget and to set clear targets to reduce them



Stuff: Mothers, fathers and step-fathers are the most common killers of children

Most child victims of homicide are killed by the very people who are charged with taking care of them. Blair Ensor and Katie Kenny report on New Zealand's ongoing problem with child abuse and neglect for The Homicide Report.

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Stuff: Ann Yesler: a forgotten victim of intimate partner violence

Ann Yesler was stabbed to death in her Auckland home in 2005. Her husband claimed he had no intention, or recollection, of killing her. This is their story, told publicly for the first time, by Katie Kenny for The Homicide Report.

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Stuff: Alcohol is a factor in at least a third of all homicide cases

Alcohol fuelled a fight between Ngaire Tukiwaho and her partner. But her 1-month-old son was the ultimate victim. Brad Flahive examines the connection between booze and homicide for The Homicide Report.

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Newshub: 'Power imbalance': Sexual assault, bullying claims revealed in Parliament

The toxicity of Parliament has been laid bare, including instances of sexual harassment and assault, abusive texts, frequent shouting at staff, character assassination, and overall disrespectful conduct.

An inquiry has found widespread sexual harassment or violent behaviours, ranging from unwanted touching to sexual assault - both for males and females.



Stuff: What you need to know before choosing a university in New Zealand

Students who have been sexually assaulted or harassed at the country's top universities are faced with a "shambles" of a reporting system, sexual assault support workers say.

Stuff analysis of all major universities shows inconsistent reporting methods and intimidating systems with no clear instructions.

In some of the worst examples, students at Auckland university have to follow intricate flow charts where they're instructed to confront their alleged perpetrator - a move support services say can be unsafe.



NZ Herald: Pet Refuge: donations surge over $100,000

New research from Women's Refuge reveals a huge number of women delay leaving abusive relationships because they fear what will happen to their pets. This week the Herald announced the launch of the first Pet Refuge, a service that will removed that barrier for women looking to escape domestic violence.

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Stuff: $26 million in payouts for victims of historical abuse nowhere near enough, lawyer says

The government has spent more than $26 million compensating victims of historical abuse in state care, but that money is nowhere near enough to provide any long-term benefit, a human rights lawyer says.

Human rights lawyer Sonja Cooper has represented more than 1000 state abuse claimants. She said her office had received up to 600 historical claims over the past year, with "a new client instructing the firm nearly every day at the moment".

Payments and official apologies had been made to 1398 of the 1727 people whose claims MSD had resolved at that time. Payouts ranged from nothing to $80,000, averaging $15,000.



Stuff: Survivor advocate Toni Jarvis 'over the moon' to be appointed on advisory group

Sexual abuse survivor Toni Jarvis is pinching himself - his voice will be heard.

Jarvis was one of 20 appointed to a Survivor Advisory Group for The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care.

The 58-year-old Alexandra man said he was "over the moon" to be selected out of 50 candidates for a seat on the group.



Stuff: Children are giving up sport because of ongoing abusive sideline behaviour

Various national and local sports organisations have tried to get rid of abusive sideline behaviour, but despite their best efforts, it's still happening. Jackson Thomas and Stephanie Ockhuysen report.

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ODT: From boys to men

Clementine Ford's visit to Dunedin went without incident, that's if you don't count body blows to the patriarchy as incidents, Tom McKinlay writes.

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Stuff: Killed baby's mother tells former partner Hayden Gray: 'I can never forgive you'

Carter Hutton's mother says she can never forgive the man who inflicted his fatal injuries – the baby's father.

Hayden Anthony Gray, 32, was jailed for 10 years and six months on Thursday after being found guilty on two charges of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to the 4-week-old in July 2017.

Carter received a life-threatening head injury that left him with permanent neurological damage. He died from his injuries more than a year later in July 2018.



NZ Herald: Teen who raped 5-year-old to be paroled, with conditions, after serving 7 of 10 year sentence

A teenager who raped and assaulted a 5-year-old girl at a Turangi campground has been granted parole.

Raurangi Mark Marino was 16 when he attacked the youngster in December 2011 as she and her younger brother slept in a caravan at the then Club Habitat campground.

At his sentencing in 2012, the court heard how Marino had come from a troubled, violent background and dysfunctional family and was drunk at the time of the attack and could recall little of it.

He had been bullied, abused, had attempted suicide and began taking drugs and alcohol from an early age.



Stuff: Girl was 'afraid' to talk about sexual abuse

A girl who accused an Ashburton man of sexually assaulting her at age 11 says she kept the incident from her social worker because she was afraid to speak out.

A 32-year-old man, who has name suppression, is defending five counts of doing an indecent act on a child, three of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and one of assaulting a child, in the Timaru District Court this week. The trial began Monday.


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