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July 23, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Shaun Kenny-Dowall domestic violence charges cast shadow over league career:

The playing future of Kiwis and Sydney Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall is in severe doubt if he is found guilty of domestic violence charges.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has said no such behaviour would be tolerated, but has defended his decision not to stand down Kenny-Dowall until the allegations are heard in court after being urged to do so during a phone conversation with New South Wales premier Mike Baird.

Kenny-Dowall withdrew from Sunday's match against the Warriors after being charged with 10 offences against his former partner Jessica Peris, the daughter of Australian Olympian Nova Peris, including six counts of common assault, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stalking/intimidating.

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Lumby: It's time for the NRL to stand down Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall

 

Self-defence plea review 'overdue':

Advocates for battered women say a Law Commission review of whether victims of family violence who kill their abusive partners should be able to claim self-defence is long-overdue.

The commission is also considering whether a judge should impose a lesser penalty if an abused person is still convicted of murder.

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Productivity gains from workplace protection:

Speech delivered at the Dollars and $ense debate held at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Turnbull Street, Wellington on Tuesday 21 July 2015

Let us start with as word of appreciation to the Zonta Club of Wellington, the National Council of Women’s Wellington branch and Graduate Women Wellington for the invitation and opportunity to present New Zealand First’s political view on tonight’s subject.

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Family violence linked to mental health:

Australia's first royal commission into family violence is set to hear a first-hand account from a survivor of the link between domestic violence and mental health.

The woman is the second victim to address Victoria's royal commission into family violence, which will hear evidence on Wednesday from several mental health practitioners.

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Family Violence Commision told offenders should be forced from homes:

Violent partners should be forced to leave family homes to stop women becoming trapped in abusive relationships, advocates have told Victoria’s royal commission into family violence.

Homelessness support services said housing in Victoria was unaffordable for single mothers fleeing violent partners.

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NZ, Australia to share information on deportees:

Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said the agreement would help officials in both countries deal with offenders who had been sent back to their home countries.

He said between 60 and 100 offenders were deported to New Zealand each year, most of them from Australia.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said it was essential Customs, Police and Corrections staff had the information, so they knew whether a person posed a risk and could determine whether they needed to be managed or monitored.

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Reports of violence jump in the Wairarapa:

Reporting of domestic violence has increased markedly in Wairarapa -- but leading agencies fear there are still thousands more families in the region suffering in silence.

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (FVC) has released its statistics on incidences of family violence between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, as reported to police, social services, community support agencies and DHBs.

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Stalker terrorised and mentally tortured woman:

The latest victim of Tony Indar Chand's stalking has said she felt terrorised and mentally tortured, and feared for the safety of herself and her children.

Already jailed twice for stalking behaviour, Chand, 44, was sentenced to community work and supervision on a charge of intimidation on Friday.

Chand, a supervisor, met the latest victim on an online dating site, and they exchanged messages and then had a short relationship. The 43-year-old woman ended it after two weeks when she found him "possessive and controlling".

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Shakti launches 'Find Your Voice' campaign:

After the brutal murder of Farhat Rana and Sidra Noor in Ranui last year[1], Shakti decided to initiate a campaign, in honour of Sidra, to support children and young people living in violent homes. Sidra’s sister, Rida Noor will be speaking at the launch.

The Find Your Voice project, which is supported by Auckland City Council, aims to highlight the experiences of children and young people witnessing violence at home in migrant and refugee communities.

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