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Weekly Media Roundup

March 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Roastbusters Roundup:

The NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse have put together a fabulous summary of the Independent Police Complaints Authority's report into Police handling of the Roastbusters case. They have also collated responses to the report from various commentators as well as related media articles. 

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Seven years for rupturing baby's spleen & liver:

An Auckland man who ruptured his baby son's spleen and liver because he was angry the boy's mother had left the house without him, has been jailed for seven years.

James Thomas Hopkins, 28, was sentenced in the High Court in Auckland on Wednesday after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and injuring with intent to injure. 

Justice Sarah Katz said Hopkins attacked his 18-month-old son after becoming enraged that his wife had left to go to a market day without waking him.

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New Cooks Bill passes first hearing:

The new Family Law Bill which has now gone through its first hearing in Parliament, is being supported by the Cook Islands parliamentary speaker.

The Bill aims to modernise family law in the areas of divorce, domestic and child support, parenting arrangements and the care and protection of children.

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Get out or get help - June Steenkamp speaks out against domestic violence:

Get help or get out – that's June Steenkamp's message to women facing domestic violence.

Steenkamp's 29-year-old daughter Reeva was killed by her boyfriend and sports star Oscar Pistorius in his Johannesburg apartment on Valentines Day in 2013.

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Levin high on reported domestic violence:

Levin has the second-highest level of domestic violence reported in New Zealand, on a per capita basis, but police say that's because community vigilance is trying to stamp it out.

Police central district prevention manager Mark Harrison said every community had challenges with causes, including low employment, isolation and lack of support.

While family violence incidents in Levin were the second highest in the country, he believed that was because of more reporting and less tolerance for family violence in the community.

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Campaigners tackle domestic violence in Vanuatu:

As the HMNZS Canterbury heads to Vanuatu to support the recovery effort, the safety for women in the islands is becoming a growing concern.

Women's safety campaigners in Vanuatu are warning already high domestic violence rates could now rise following the disaster.

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Police back security for victims:

Some simple home security measures could make a big difference to the lives of domestic violence victims in South Canterbury, according to the police.

South Canterbury Family Violence co-ordinator Senior Constable Steve Wills said the effect of the added security, although seemingly small, could make a massive difference.

Having security measures in place such as lights, locks and alarms not only provided peace of mind, it also provided victims of domestic violence with another layer of protection.

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Woman accused of putting hit on Police officer husband:

A woman accused of arranging an assault hit on her police officer husband may escape any punishment over the alleged plot.

The defendant aged in her 40s appeared in North Shore District Court this morning and initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, electing trial by jury.

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