Weekly Media Roundup

October 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Changes pose major risk to women:

A Women's Refuge educator says changes to the Family Court system potentially increase the stress and risk to women in abusive relationships.


The NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse has also sourced research from the UK that questions the suitability of the FDR process, raising concerns in relation to screening for domestic violence before mediation. 



Woman jailed for fatally stabbing boyfriend:

A young Whangarei woman who used a kitchen knife to stab her boyfriend -- who later died while shopping -- has been sentenced to three years and two months in jail for manslaughter.



Preventive detention for 20 years years of abuse"

Sexually depraved long-term abuser Allan Neil Rosewarne has been sentenced to preventive detention after inflicting almost 20 years of cruelty on two partners.



Manning up to a violent past:

Vic Tamati speaks about his experiences as a both a victim and a perpetrator of family violence at the launch of Christchurch's White Ribbon campaign. 



Homelessness can happen to anyone:

Being long-term homeless is not a choice that anyone makes, social policy campaigners say.



PM backs child poverty advice:

Officials are recommending the Government not spend any more money fighting poverty, despite believing that would alleviate the problem.


'Groundbreaking' programme to fold:

A unique programme addressing violence, substance abuse and mistrust of police among refugee families will end this month because of a funding shortage.

The Stronger Families project, run since March by Wellington's Changemakers Refugee Forum, placed "community champions" in refugee communities to advise them about New Zealand law, and link families to services that could help them.



Lesley Elliott awarded top prize:

The mother of a woman murdered by her former boyfriend has won the Supreme Women of Influence Award for her campaign against domestic violence.



Police to work with men at the centre of domestic violence:

Christchurch police are set to work with men at the centre of domestic violence in the hope of reducing rates of family violence incidents in the lead-up to Christmas.

Christchurch Police and AVIVA - a specialist family violence agency in Christchurch - will engage together with men that have either been a victim, subject or offender in a family violence incident.


See also: ChCh police sign agreement with AVIVA


'Angel Month' to shine light on domestic violence:

A major campaign to keep children safe in their homes has launched this month, dubbed 'Angel Month'.

Organiser, Family Works Northern, is calling for more 'guardian angels' to donate to Family Works social services for children and their families, including counselling and parenting programmes.



Maori told to put a halt to family violence 'tragedy':

An impassioned plea has been made for Maori to address family violence.

“You know 300 children are hanging on by their fingertips,” said Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, chairwoman of Te Pou Matakana, a Whanau Ora commissioning agency. She was speaking to the Our Problems, Our Solutions crime prevention seminar in Gisborne yesterday.



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