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Weekly Media Roundup

February 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM

PM's focus on family hardship:

Prime Minister John Key has announced a review of the ways the Government spends billions on vulnerable families and children ahead of the Budget in May.

"The Government is looking at ways to help families and children in material hardship," he said in his Prime Minister's statement which he tabled after Parliament resumed for the year at 2pm.



Action needed on family violence:

The high level of domestic violence is fast becoming the "new normal" as the government fails to take action, the Salvation Army says.

The organisation has released its eighth annual State of the Nation report on the social issues facing New Zealand, and has pinpointed family violence and housing availability as the main areas where the government should do more.


See also: Govt has 'dropped the ball' in domestic violence battle


Increase in Hutt Valley family violence:

Hutt Valley had the highest rate of family violence in the Wellington district in December.

There were nearly 400 reports of physical, sexual or emotional incidents of family violence in the Hutt Valley in December, up 25 per cent from 2013 with a similar total expected for January.



50 Shades of grey romance 'fuels abuse':

Christchurch women have been exploited after going in search of a Fifty Shades of Grey-style romance, a lawyer says.

Anna Lloyd, an associate at Brandts-Giesen McCormick Barristers and Solicitors, said she had had vulnerable clients who had been sexually violated under the guise of BDSM practices made attractive by the Fifty Shades of Grey "phenomenon".



Donghua Liu to face family violence charges:

A Chinese businessman whose links to Maurice Williamson led to the MP losing his ministerial post is due to defend domestic violence charges laid against him.


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