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Weekly Media Roundup

June 04, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Child maltreatment in APAC costing countries USD209b each year:

Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion per year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region's GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatement in teh region and was conducred by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US. 


See also:

Parent helpline supports families in crisis... Voxy

New Zealand's shocking child abuse statistics... Stuff


Social Impact Bonds to target mental health:

The Government says better employment support for people with mental illness is the aim of its first social bond system, which will privately contract out some services.


See also:

Editorial: Uncertainty mar appeal of Social Impact Bonds... NZ Herald

Private investment in mental health a disaster in the making... Stuff 


Trial underway for teens accused of Arun Kumar's murder:

A 14-year-old boy is accused of murdering Arun Kumar and a 13-year-old boy is accused of manslaughter. They have denied the charges at the start of their trial.



Step-father accused of autistic boy's murder:

A 34-year-old Christchurch man has appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of his autistic 5-year-old stepson.

Leon Michael leFleming Jayet-Cole died in hospital last week after suffering a serious head injury on Wednesday.

Police yesterday charged the boy's stepfather, 34-year-old labourer James Stedman Roberts.



Breaking the taboo of domestic violence in LGBTI relationships:

Domestic violence has become a "silent epidemic" in the gay and lesbian community despite being the subject of increasing scrutiny in heterosexual relationships, according to the AIDS Council of NSW.

Roughly one in three lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) couples experience domestic violence. Those statistics are echoed among the general population.



Work underway on anti-violence policies:

A series of hui on preventing violence against Māori wahine has thrown up a number of helpful ways to combat the problem, the Minister for Women says.



Wellington 'Change Maker' recieves Youth Week Award:

Outstanding young Kiwis had their time to shine on Tuesday  at Parliament as the 2015 Youth Week Awards celebrated the successes of the "unsung young heroes of New Zealand".

Charlizza Harris, 21, was a recipient of a Change Maker Award for her work in youth development, most notably through her business 2Face Drama. 

Since 2012, 2Face Drama's productions have addressed social issues such as family violence, cultural diversity, bullying, and sexual health. 


Auckland Police Officer in court over domestic violence charges:

An Auckland police officer has pleaded not guilty to a charge involving domestic violence.

Constable Lomitusi Lomi, 24, appeared in Waitakere District Court on Friday, charged with injuring with intent to injure.



Cook Islands trial free legal advice for domestic abuse victims:

A Cook Islands counselling centre says it hopes to empower victims of domestic violence by giving them access to free legal advice.

The Punanga Tauturu group has launched a pilot programme which focuses on mediation services and early intervention for female domestic abuse victims.


Queen's Birthday Honours List:

Louise Nicholas and Lesley Elliot have both been recognised for their work in preventing sexual and domestic violence.

Domestic violence contributions

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