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Weekly Media Roundup

March 04, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Study blames violence on macho culture:

Check out this programme from Radio New Zealand on drinking, violence and our macho culture...

 

Force for change: Tusha Penny and Louise Nicholas tackle family violence:

A close friendship between Louise Nicholas and a top police officer led to "a raw, hard look" at why the force is failing domestic violence victims. Andrea Vance reports.

Not everyone likes a police officer. Louise Nicholas has more reason than most not to. But a remarkable friendship between Superintendent Tusha Penny and campaigner Nicholas will see the police open up their handling of family violence cases to a group of their harshest critics.

Nicholas will join Penny's new steering group, which also includes former Family Court judge Peter Boshier, former Women's Refuge chief executive Heather Henare and Dr Janet Fanslow, co-director of the Family Violence Clearinghouse.

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Michele A'Court: Men are awesome:

OPINION: Men are awesome. OK, not all men, obviously, but sometimes a bunch of them get together and do something so bloody delightful, I want to give them all a hug.

So let me take a moment to celebrate the men who took to the streets in Turkey recently and marched in miniskirts to campaign for women's rights.

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Employers valuable in family violence response:

Press Release – National Council of Women of NZ

This International Womens Day, the National Council of Women of New Zealand is encouraging employers to take more action to progress gender equality and take a stand against domestic violence.03 March 2015

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Surge in cases of family violence:

Women in relationships with men in white-collar jobs are flooding into Women's Refuge in Timaru for help as the reporting of family violence surges.

"While most of our clients are from across the board, we are now seeing a flood of women coming to us who are in relationships, or married, to men with white-collar jobs," Mid South Island Women's Refuge and Family Safety Service manager Dawn Rangi-Smith said.

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Papamoa March reinforces message on abuse:

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. That is the message of Trish Ives, organiser of the Papamoa March Against Family Violence and Family Fun Day.

"Domestic violence isn't just about physical violence, it's psychological, emotional and verbal," Ms Ives said. "It's about control - if anyone feels controlled or afraid in their home, they are a victim of domestic violence."

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Customs increase staff to deal with rise in online abuse images:

An operation that snared four New Zealanders in an online child-abuse-imagery ring along with a steady rise in offending has prompted Customs to nearly double the number of staff dedicated to fighting the issue.

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Shift towards self-representation in court:

More people are choosing to represent themselves in court, possibly because of the digital self-help phenomenon, the secretary for justice says.

That view has been supported by the NZ Law Society, which says trials have had to be aborted because of unrepresented litigants saying the wrong thing.

However, Labour believes the number of people going it alone in court shows that the income limit for legal aid is too low. Its politicians questioned Andrew Bridgman, chief executive of the Ministry of Justice, at a select committee meeting last week.

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