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Weekly Media Roundup

November 20, 2020 at 12:27 PM

RNZ: Campaign aims to counter 'shocking' views on violence towards women

Forty percent of young Australian men do not think that punching a partner is domestic violence, new statistics from an anti-domestic violence organisation show.

White Ribbon, a campaign to end violence against women, said these figures are "shocking" and likely reflected in New Zealand young men, as evidenced by our "appallingly high" rates of family violence.

Its manager Rob McCann said while this is from research that the organisation's Australian arm undertook, it's likely this is broadly the case in New Zealand.

"It highlights that a significant proportion of Australian young men have a real problem with understanding what family violence or family harm looks like. We know that must be the case in New Zealand as well; we have some of the highest rates of family violence in the western world," McCann said.



Stuff: Violent offenders may be sent to rehab in 'family-friendly' Christchurch suburb

A Christchurch woman fears for the safety of her young family after hearing men at high risk of further serious offending may be sent to a new facility in her “family-friendly” suburb.

The proposed facility would house up to 16 men undergoing a 14 to 16-week anti-violence programme.They would be electronically monitored, watched by CCTV and supervised by Corrections staff.

Kāinga Ora, on behalf of the Department of Corrections, has purchased a property at 14 Bristol St in St Albans for the programme and applied for resource consent.

The consent will be publicly notified in early 2021, giving residents a chance to voice their views.



The Spinoff: Bridging the poverty gap: Why all poor kids need Working For Families support

Working For Families payments are a lifeline for kids in poverty – but only if they happen to have a parent in paid work. It’s time to end this false dichotomy between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor, writes Child Poverty Action Group’s Susan St John.

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RNZ: Te Pae Oranga should have te ao Māori approach, put tangata whenua first, advocates say

Te Pae Oranga was supposed to keep Māori out of court, but new figures show tangata whenua aren't buying into it, leading to calls for the programme to be redesigned.

Latest figures released to RNZ show that Māori going before Te Pae Oranga or iwi justice panels are 22 percent less likely to complete the programme than their non-Māori counterparts.

Offenders must turn up to the panel, and then complete tasks set for them including but not limited to a verbal or written apology to the victim, drug and alcohol counselling, and reparations.

Only 54 percent of Māori completed Te Pae Oranga from January to March this year, just a 3 percent increase on 2019, in contrast to 76 percent for non-Māori, up 15 percent over the same period.

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Stuff: Sharing the secrets for success and divvying up that invisible work

It took busy executive Jo Cribb two decades of buying and wrapping her in-laws’ Christmas presents before she asked herself why this wasn’t a shared task.

It’s invisible work, says Cribb, and there is an unwritten and unspoken expectation that women will do it.

There’s a huge amount of work that happens inside, particularly women’s heads, that is invisible but absolutely holds our communities and even our societies together but it doesn’t really count as work, she says.

This invisible work is one of the issues Cribb, a leadership consultant, and her co-author entrepreneur Rachel Petero, discuss in their book Take Your Space: Successful Women Share Their Secrets.



RNZ: Why 1 in 5 transgender people experience homelessness

Angelo was kicked out of home at 14. He's one of many trans New Zealanders who have been homeless. Murphy and Susan Strongman explore the country's grim statistics. 



NZ Herald: Hannah Clarke's parents reveal what could have saved her from Rowan Baxter

The horrendous deaths of Australian Hannah Clarke and her three beautiful children at the hands of her abusive, controlling Kiwi husband rocked both nations to their core in February.

Now, nine months later, her shattered family has revealed exactly how the devoted mum's relationship drastically and rapidly deteriorated before ending in unbelievable tragedy.

Speaking with The Guardian's Amanda Gearing for the publication's Full Story podcast, Hannah's parents Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke have bravely shared their daughter's story in a bid to help others escape domestic violence.

The Clarkes are especially hoping to highlight the dangers of "coercive control" – a pattern of controlling and manipulative behaviour which can be a warning sign of potential domestic violence and even homicide.



Stuff: Man jailed for decade-long abuse against young girls, including two nieces

A man claims the “devil was in me” when he abused four young girls over a decade – including his niece on a school trip while her teachers were close by.

The 46-year-old, who was granted permanent name suppression, was sentenced by the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday to seven years and two months’ jail.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted rape, 12 of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and five of committing an indecent act.



1 News: Auckland man jailed for seven-and-a-half years for sexual, physical abuse of ex-girlfriend

An Auckland man who sexually and physically abused his former partner has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

The 28-year-old, who has interim name suppression, faced a judge-alone trial last month, and was found guilty of two charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, three charges of male assaults female, two of assault with a weapon and one of threatening to kill.

During the trial, the woman gave harrowing evidence of being slapped, pushed and threatened with knives during their relationship.

At sentencing today, Justice Brewer said, “Your relationship which lasted about 7 months, was marked by violence”.



Stuff: Motel unit stabber sentenced for nearly killing on-off girlfriend

Beaten, stabbed, and losing so much blood that she almost died, a young woman staggered out of a Hamilton motel unit for help.

The man who attacked her, 23-year-old Ryan Tomlinson Fox, was this week jailed for six years and seven months for that December 201 attack, as well as a violent assault on another woman weeks earlier.

The woman he almost killed that December day delivered him a message during his sentencing: that he’s failed at beating and breaking her, and she would build a future while he's behind bars.



Stuff: Timaru man sentenced over family violence

A Timaru man who struck a woman and threw two pies at her, perforating her eardrum, the day after she applied for a temporary protection order against him has been sentenced.

Lindsay Hayden Cooper, 33, was sentenced to three months' community detention and 12 months' intensive supervision with judicial monitoring when he appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Timaru District Court on Thursday.

He had pleaded guilty to contravening a protection order by way of family violence.

Cooper attacked his victim after she asked him to leave during an argument in her parked vehicle on Selwyn St, Timaru, on August 29, 2020.


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