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Weekly Media Round up

February 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

TV3 reporter Kim Vinnell was groped, claims boyfriend:

The boyfriend of a TV3 reporter who was interrupted during a live TV cross claims she was groped during the incident.

Kim Vinnell was reporting from Auckland music festival Laneway for TV3's current affairs show Story when she was interrupted by a pair of music fans.

One used an expletive-laden phrase, abbreviated to "FHRITP", that took off on social media last year and the segment was cut short.



Anti-violence group's funds dry up:

A flagship anti-violence initiative that counts the Prime Minister as an ambassador is without funding for the coming year after Government support dried up.

White Ribbon Day is held annually on November 25 and is one the highest-profile campaigns to reduce the country's high rate of violence against women.

The White Ribbon campaign was originally run by the Families Commission - now called Superu - but in 2014 the White Ribbon Trust was set-up to operate independently.



Australia: One in three using homeless services are fleeing domestic violence, study reveals:

More than a third of adults seeking assistance from homeless services say they are fleeing domestic violence, a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has shown, but experts say the real figure could be much higher.



Australian rape trio part of hyper-masculine bodybuilding subculture:

Three Australian men avoided trial for raping a 17 year old backpacker in Croatia by paying $30,000 to the victim. The fury over that outcome has inadvertently shone a light on the strange and hyper-masculine subculture of amateur bodybuilding – of which Djohan, 23, Ashwin Kumar, 23, and Waleed Latif, 21, are all members.



Violence disclosure scheme praised:

A scheme that gives insight into a partner's abusive history has been lauded as "invaluable". 

The new Family Violence Information Disclosure Scheme allows police to disclose a partner or potential partner's history of violence upon request and allows police to release information if they believe someone is at risk from their partner. 

Since its introduction in December last year, the scheme has been used 14 times nationally.



Prisons under pressure as rehabilitation drive falters:

Rates of criminal reoffending are growing, putting one of the Government's flagship targets in peril.

That target is referred to as "RR25" - an ambitious effort to reduce reoffending by 25 per cent by 2017. By February 2014, Corrections was over halfway to its goal.

Since that time, however, the reoffending rate has flattened off and, according to a briefing to incoming Corrections minister Judith Collins released last week, has been increasing slowly since mid 2014.



Family First reignites smacking debate:

Family First has reignited its calls for the anti-smacking law to be changed to allow light smacking, saying child abuse and welfare statistics show no improvement since the law was passed in 2007.

Family First has released a report on the impact of the anti-smacking law, including analysis of changes in statistics in areas such as child abuse, neglect and behavioural problems since 2007.


Together, we can turn the tide on family violence:

The home should be a safe place, but by many measures New Zealand's rate of family violence remains horrifically and persistently high.

We have the highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the developed world and the fifth highest reported rate of child abuse.








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