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May 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Spain: Diplomat probed in Brazil could lose immunity:

MADRID (AP) " Spain's foreign minister said Wednesday that the security chief for the country's embassy in Brazil, under investigation in his wife's death, could lose diplomatic immunity if the probe determines that the case is domestic violence.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo declined to provide details about what Spain has learned about the investigation into the death of Jesus Figon's wife, Rosemary Justino Lopes, who died of knife wounds.

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Locals front family violence campaign:

Local champions from all walks of life are fronting a campaign against family violence across Matamata-Piako.

The campaign builds on successful similar campaigns in Paeroa, Waihi and Thames.

Ten locals have put their names and faces to the campaign with their own unique message. They include mayor Jan Barnes, local business owners, a sports person, local iwi, people working in the social services sector, community leaders and police. 

Posters of the ten champions will be displayed around the three towns. The campaign will encourage people to take action to prevent family violence and ask for help.

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MSD urged to adopt predictive risk tool:

The Social Development Ministry is stopping short of implementing a predictive risk assessment tool that can identify children at risk of abuse. MSD commissioned Auckland economist Professor Rhema Vaithianathan to develop the model which uses data about children and their families to identify those at risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse before the age of two.

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South Taranaki police attend 12 domestic violence incidents in weekend:

The scale of domestic violence in South Taranaki has been revealed in a weekend where police attended 12 incidents.

Hawera Sergeant Lincoln McCrea said police attended eight domestic violence incidents in Patea and four in Manaia over the weekend.  

McCrea said although it was an unusually high number over a two-day period, many were fuelled by alcohol.

But a leading anti-domestic violence advocate says while the sheer number may be shocking to the general public, it was the grim reality.

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Sexism sold as TV entertainment:

This is a confession that's bound to put a lot of people off, but I'm a chronic fan of the reality television showSurvivor. I've been watching it for 15 years, ever since the first episode aired back in 2000.

The show has morphed a lot since then, with different twists and tricks being incorporated to try to keep the whole thing fresh. Unfortunately, one thing that's never changed is the way gender politics play out within the tribe members.

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More training to protect family violence victims:

Police are beefing up staff training to ensure safety orders protect potential victims of family violence.

A police safety order puts temporary restrictions on a person whom officers believe is a threat, and may be involved in a domestic violence incident, even if there is not enough evidence to arrest that person.

But a recent report highlights problems with the orders, including victims being unwilling to report breaches of the safety orders, sometimes out of fear of further violence.

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Family violence and its victims: Conference at Parliament:

A two-day conference which began at Parliament in Wellington today will look at how restorative justice can be used to better support victims of family violence.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says addressing family violence in New Zealand is a priority for the Government.

“New Zealand’s rate of family violence is simply unacceptable. Almost 50 per cent of all homicides are a result of family violence and many victims are re-victimised even when a protection order is in place,” says Ms Adams.

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