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Weekly Media Roundup

December 09, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Ministry slammed for rejecting domestic violence leave

It's the agency responsible for dealing with family violence, but the Ministry of Social Development has rejected a clause to give staff affected by the issue special leave entitlements.

Critics have slammed the decision, saying they were "disappointed" and "saddened" by the rejection to establish special family violence leave last month.


Men reluctant to teach sons about respectful relationships

When was the last time you talked to your son about what makes a healthy relationship?

Men rarely discuss respectful sexual relationships with their teenage sons, with just 22 per cent of fathers taking the time to talk about sexual consent, a Research New Zealand study has found.

Anti-violence campaign group White Ribbon New Zealand commissioned a study into what men talk about with their boys, and researcher Garth Baker says the results are concerning.


Justice Minister Amy Adams rejects calls for abortion reform

Justice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out abortion reform, as thousands sign a petition calling for an overhaul of New Zealand's legislation.

Abortions are still illegal under the Crimes Act, and may only be carried out if pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of the mother.

They are also permitted in cases of incest or fetal abnormality, but there's no exception for rape victims.


Law gives abuse victims 'incentive' to blow compensation money

A man who was abused in state care says he can't save his compensation for himself or his children because his welfare payments will be cut.

Under the law, a government settlement may be judged as an asset after 12 months, which can cause some welfare payments to be reduced.


Children in state care abused educationally too

Opinion - Any independent inquiry into abuse experienced by youngsters in state care would need to look at educational abuse too, writes David Cohen.


Domestic online abuse victim speaks out on 'online terror campaign' 

An Auckland woman has spoken out about the "online terror campaign" wrought on her by a bitter ex, in the hopes it will help other women in the same position.

Katie* first met her now ex-boyfriend in 2013, starting a volatile "on-again, off-again" relationship later that year.

She describes him as "manipulative and controlling", and herself as "very vulnerable".


Samoa PM announces violence inquiry commissioners

Samoa's prime minister has launched a Commission of Inquiry into domestic violence in Samoa.

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has appointed three commissioners including politician Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, Auckland University of Technology's Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop and the National University of Samoa's Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea.


Beckham's tattoos 'come to life' to highlight child abuse's long-lasting marks

The brutal damage that physical and psychological abuse does to children has been shown in a new film from UNICEF, featuring David Beckham.

Scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on Beckham's body throughout the short film.

While the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador's own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse.


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