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Weekly Media Round up

June 03, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Hundreds of young people sleeping rough - survey:

Significant numbers of young people are sleeping rough or couch surfing because they can not find anywhere else to live, new research shows, eight years after the Ministry of Social Development warned the government about the problem.



Male support services to receive funding:

Nelson's national chairperson for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (MSSAT) hopes a percentage of a national funding pool for men's health will again be allocated to his group.

In 2014, the Government announced services for victims of sexual violence across New Zealand would receive $10.4 million over two years which is intended to cease on June 30.



Davis gets it wrong on sexual violence and family violence:

Davis gets it wrong on sexual violence and family violence

31 May 2016

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the claim by Labour MP Kelvin Davis that there is nothing in this year’s Budget to address violence is out-and-out wrong.

“Either Kelvin missed the announcement on the extra $46-million funding going in to sexual violence or he is deliberately misleading the public.



Almost 60 accused get permanent suppression:

Fifty-seven accused criminals in Northland are allowed to keep their court appearances from the past five years hidden forever - but the numbers of successful suppression requests are falling.

Ministry of Justice figures obtained by the Northern Advocate show Kaikohe District Court topped the Northland courts for secrecy, with 29 people granted permanent name suppression in the past five years, and Whangarei granted 16.



Minister Tolley agrees system has failed children:

A nationwide march against child abuse is being planned for next month, the day Moko's killers Tania Shailer and David Haerewa will be sentenced. Last night on Native Affairs Outgoing Children's Commissioner Dr. Russell Wills said New Zealand has failed in keeping children safe from child abuse, and the government agrees.

Children's commissioner Dr. Russel Wills says we have failed to keep children safe from the horrors of child abuse.



'Rolls Royce' interventions for NZ's most vulnerable children:

A new Government ministry which will replace CYFS is to use the very latest behavioural science to offer greater protection for New Zealand's most vulnerable children.

Professor Richie Poulton, a member of the Government's advisory panel which designed the blueprint for the as-yet-to-be-named new ministry, told Sunday abused and neglected children deserve nothing but the 'Rolls Royce' of interventions not the "junkie old bomb" service they have been getting.



Abuse stories help victim flee:

A woman who was physically and psychologically abused, threatened, isolated, stalked and cyber-bullied by her partner has a new lease of life after she left the relationship.

She first spoke to the Herald about the relationship at the end of our We're Better Than This series saying she lived in fear of her partner.

After reading our stories she decided to leave him. For the first time she told her family what had been happening and she made a plan to escape.



'Just take that first step'

He had hit her before, countless times, on a daily basis.

But this time, for the first time, instead of fear, she felt absolute terror course through her body.

As he swung his hand towards the left side of her face, all she could think of was her baby.

She was holding the little girl on her right hip. The 9-month's old face was close to her own. She knew that if she moved her head even a millimetre, he could miss her and strike the baby.



Soaring cost of our prisons - $900m per year:

Soaring prison population growth has led to a budget blowout of $45 million on jails in the last year, and forced the Government to further expand its prisons to fit more inmates.

The Government has now earmarked a further $41 million above baseline funding to cope with pressures on the prison network. Total spending on prison services is nearing $1 billion a year.

The extra funding comes as the prison muster climbs towards 10,000, driven by tougher bail laws, stricter sentencing on domestic violence offences, and repeated reoffending by people with alcohol and drug dependency.



Anti-violence training rolled out for Pasifika communities:

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is rolling out a programme called Train the Trainers — Pacific Living without Violence for the central and south Auckland Pacific community.

The programme was initiated with the assistance of the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards Pacific Health Team. Planning and funding manager Lita Foliaki and Pacific Public Health Manager Sione Feki brought the project together.

“I looked at a literature review. The DHB requires evidence for aything it does. And I’ve discovered there is no evidence for any programme working. So that gave us the opportunity to create our own,” Ms Foliaki said.

The programme looked at family violence from a health rather than a justice perspective to make it preventive rather than punitive. It is also Church-based, as it was initially proposed to the boards by Methodist minister, the Rev. Featunai Liuaana.



Working together to prevent abuse:


Amputee on courtroom go-slow, stabbing defendant claims:

 one-legged witness walked slower than normal when he gave evidence in a stabbing trial, the defendant says.

Talya Lough says her amputee partner had trapped her in their South Canterbury home when she made a 10-centimetre wound in his abdomen.

Giving evidence for the crown in the Timaru District Court on Monday, the man said his prosthetic leg became partially detached during the incident, giving him trouble with balance and making him slow on his feet.

However, Crown prosecutor Nyssa Willcocks conceded on Wednesday the man's evidence indicated he beat Lough to the back door of the couple's house on July 18, 2014.



Bar sign's poor-taste domestic violence joke about mothers-in-law slammed:

The owner of a Hastings bar is spending a week volunteering at Hastings Women's Refuge to try to make amends for a joke his staff wrote outside The Elbow Room Sports Bar in Mahora last week.

Duty manager Roger Wright wrote on a footpath blackboard sign: "I saw six men kicking and punching my mother-in-law. My neighbour said, 'Are you going to help?' I said, 'No, six should be enough'."



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