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Weekly Media Roundup

November 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Police Commissioner appointed a White Ribbon Ambassador:

NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush is the latest in a number of high profile New Zealand men who have accepted the role of White Ribbon Ambassadors. He joins Prime Minister John Key, Maori Party Leader Te Ururoa Flavell and recently retired Deputy Mayor of Wellington, Ian McKinnon.

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Alcohol and distorted views implicated in family violence:

According to research conducted for the Glenn Inquiry, a belief that family violence is a normal part of family life is the biggest barrier to perpetrators acknowledging their behaviour is wrong.

Perpetrators of family violence who took part in the study also commonly associated their alcohol and drug use with their violence and cited this as another barrier to reform.

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Booze cause of family violence:

The Glenn Inquiry's final report, to be delivered later this month, will demand a wholesale reform of alcohol law, saying it would help dramatically cut family violence statistics.

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Putting an end to domestic violence:

Tauranga men and women are being encouraged to stand together and say no to domestic violence as people gear up for the annual tug-o-war challenge next Friday.

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Shining a light on violence:

Every year 14 New Zealand women are killed by their partners or former partners. One in five will be sexually assaulted. And 3500 convictions will be recorded against men for assaults on women.

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Editorial: High cost of family violence:

The first report from the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence, funded by philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn, was based on interviews with more than 500 victims of domestic abuse, frontline workers and offenders.

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Video shows bystanders ignoring domestic violence:

In New Zealand, police attend a domestic violence incident every seven minutes and one in three women experiences psychological or physical abuse from their partners in their lifetime.

But it is a global problem and it prompted a Swedish group to conduct a social experiment to see if people would intervene if they saw a woman being shouted at and physically abused by her partner in an elevator.

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Police hit the road in heels:

Police are stepping out in style for a good cause. A group of officers has volunteered to wear heels and take a stand against violence towards women.

The global White Ribbon Walk A Mile In Her Shoes awareness campaign is coming to New Zealand for the first time. Advocates will be getting behind the initiative and walking around the streets of Takapuna in women's shoes to show their support.

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Inquiry suggests refuge for men:

Men's refuges and a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports are the latest ideas from the Glenn Inquiry for tackling family violence.

A new report from the inquiry based on interviewing 26 former family violence perpetrators has found that half of them had to cut back or stop using alcohol and other drugs before they could stop being violent.

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Domestic violence calls rise 86% in two years: Every Melbourne suburb affected:

Calls from those needing help to flee potentially fatal family violence have risen by 86 per cent in the past two years, figures from safe steps Family Violence Response Centre show.

Calls from women and children threatened with more than one high-risk factor have increased by 16 per cent in the past two years.

The centre has released a call from a young boy in New Zealand to highlight the type of high-risk calls it receives on a daily basis.

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Violent women saw abuse as kids: Study:

Women in physically abusive relationships are more likely to initiate violence if they saw their fathers hitting their mothers as children, according to a study.

Auckland University research shows the likelihood of women who live with a violent partner themselves becoming violent is linked to the severity of the violence they have experienced and whether children are present.

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NRL bans Auva'a afer domestic violence case:

South Sydney center Kirisome Auva'a has been banned for at least nine months by the National Rugby League after pleading guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and criminal damage in a domestic violence case.

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Justice Ministry's Briefing Botch-up

An departmental gaffe has highlighted funding pressures in the justice sector which the officials sought to hide by redacting passages from a recently released briefing to incoming Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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