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Weekly Media Roundup

September 20, 2019 at 11:35 AM

RNZ: Getting tough: How New Zealand could stop domestic violence

Every day five people are charged with strangling someone they supposedly love. Strangulation is such a strong precursor to someone eventually dying in a domestic violence incident, it was recently made a separate offence. As new laws and government initiatives are being put in place, Kim Griggs investigates whether the changes can call time on violence in New Zealand homes.



Scoop: Ending Sexual Violence Together

Press Release: Toah-Nnest

Te Ohaaki a Hine – National Network for Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) - 17 September 2019

TOAH-NNEST is a national network of specialist services for sexual violence prevention and intervention. Following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s post-Cabinet press conference we are encouraged to see the acknowledgement of the mistakes made and the need to address this. The five points outlined in the action plan, which include involvement of expert sexual violence survivor advocates and preventionists, is reassuring that the Labour Party is moving in the right direction.

We echo the Prime Ministers’ reflection that if it has happened in the Labour Party it can happen anywhere. That is the experience of our member agencies that work every day with survivors and those with harmful sexual behaviour from all walks of life and work in all sectors of our society.



The Spinoff: Jacinda Ardern: ‘We have a duty of care, and we failed in it’

The prime minister has admitted mistakes, and outlined measures to change the party culture.

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister and leader of the Labour Party, yesterday addressed at length the situation around allegations of sexual assault by a Labour volunteer and an investigation into a Labour staffer. “We have a duty of care, and we failed in it,” she said at her post-cabinet press conference, before laying out a series of actions that would be undertaken as a result.

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Stuff: Alison Mau: Labour sex assault group's masterful moves - and what they want next

OPINION: The stories of survivors of sexual harassment and assault are almost never believed. That's just fact, and it hasn't changed much since #metoo for several reasons.

One: Their version of events is difficult to prove because perpetrators largely make sure the abuse takes place in private (which ends in he said/she said.)

Two: We fall over ourselves to protect the natural justice rights of the accused, which leads to investigations like the Labour Council's, and court cases like Jay-Jay Feeney's.

In the 18 months #metooNZ has been at it, woman after woman has said the same thing - the process of making a complaint is often much, much more traumatising than the original behaviour and they would not choose to do so again.

And three: Despite all we now know, as human beings we shy away from icky subjects. When told by a distressed person that something unspeakable has happened, we do not know what to do.



Stuff: A day in the life of a mental health helpline

Like most articles about mental health, this story has a list of helpline numbers at the end. But who actually picks up when you make that call or text? Adam Dudding reports.

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The Spinoff: What ‘suicide awareness’ means to the parent of a suicidal child

A harrowing account of what it’s like trying to save your child from suicide, and the toll it takes on everyone involved.

This essay discusses suicide in detail. Please proceed with caution.



Stuff: The complex issues surrounding homelessness

Once again the homeless or rough sleepers have hit the headlines. This time in relation to the upcoming election of a mayor for South Taranaki.

I applaud the two candidates who have said the issue is complicated. It certainly is! I doubt if anyone who is sleeping on the street had that 'aspiration' as a child; saying that is what they wanted to do when they were older.

Behind every rough sleeper there is a set of circumstances that have led to their current situation. I would suggest that seldom are two scenarios the same. 



Scoop: Te Toka Tu Moana – Cutting Edge Addictions Conference

Press Release – DAPAANZ. The role trauma, especially childhood trauma, plays in developing addiction to substances and unhealthy behaviours is the focus of the 2019 Te Toka Tu Moana – Cutting Edge conference which opens on Thursday September, 19 in Auckland.

Te Toka Tu Moana – Cutting Edge conference is run annually by Dapaanz, New Zealand’s professional association for people working in addictions. It attracts internationally renowned speakers and around 600 people working in addiction treatment.

“Trauma has a huge impact on the developing child,” says DAPAANZ Executive Director, Sue Paton.

“There is extensive evidence that it increases the risk of poor physical and mental health, including addiction, in adults and can have an inter generational impact on a range of other social problems,”



RNZ: Meeting told men need to step up to condemn violence against women

Fiji's Health Minister has told a regional meeting in Sigatoka that as the main perpetrators of violence against women and girls, it was up to men to condemn and address it.

Ifereimi Waqainabete made the comment during the opening of the Pacific Regional Dialogue on Engaging Men in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Dr Waqainabete said domestic violence had long been pervasive in Fiji society.

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RNZ: Economic empowerment to counter domestic violence in Fiji

Fiji's government says empowering women economically can help them escape abusive relationships.

It says economic empowerment can also lead to women contributing more to community development.

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