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Weekly Media Round up

June 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Man appeals 'extremely kind' manslaughter sentence:

A man who beat his girlfriend to death is appealing what the Women's Refuge says is an already "extremely kind and generous" sentence.

Jesse John Ferris-Bromley was this year jailed for eight years for killing Virginia Ford in a tragic end to an abusive relationship.

Ferris-Bromley, 23, was ordered to serve at least four years behind bars for the attack at the pair's Palmerston North flat in March last year.

Originally charged with murder, Ferris-Bromley admitted a lesser charge of manslaughter.



Updated advice for health workers confronted with family violence:

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new six step process will help guide health professionals confronted with suspected family violence cases.

"Abuse of any kind is not okay. We know that being a victim or witnessing abuse can be linked to serious health problems," says Dr Coleman.

"Our dedicated health workforce are often on the frontline dealing with family violence. It’s important that there is a standardised approach across hospital settings to ensure families get the support they need when they need it.



Study findings on domestic violent present 'challenging picture':

The findings of an in-depth domestic violence study, which showed violent conduct almost evenly split between the genders, are potentially cause for concern, a senior police officer says.

South Canterbury Family Violence Co-ordinator Senior Constable Steve Wills was reacting to the findings of an analysis forming part of the world-renowned Dunedin Study, which has focused closely on the lives of more than 1000 people born in Dunedin in the year ending March 1973.

"It presents a challenging picture. If the findings were a true reflection of our community, we should be concerned," he said.

Wills said recent 'mainstream' studies on the subject had shown about 80 per cent of the perpetrators of domestic violence were men.



'Another sad reminder of NZ's child abuse':

The man who killed a 6-month-old girl struck out with "back-hand blow" to the side of the baby's head.

Gracie May McSorley died in July last year despite her mother, Charlotte McSorley, desperately attempting CPR.

Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa, 32, today pleaded guilty in the Wellington High Court to Gracie's manslaughter.

A summary of Kereopa's offending has now been released by Justice Rebecca Ellis.



Elder abuse soars as country's vulnerable targeted:

A spike in family members assaulting, neglecting or ripping off their elderly relatives has been reported in Canterbury.

Age Concern Canterbury reported a 53 per cent increase in the number of elder abuse cases from 2014 to 2015, with 187 cases last year.

As of June, the organisation was well on its way to surpassing that figure, with 10 new cases reported each week.

June 15 marks the start of Elder Abuse Awareness Week and Age Concern Canterbury has called for an end to the abuse of the country's vulnerable.



Timaru Elder Abuse Community Forum looks at establishing trust:

Experts in Timaru want to establish a community elderly care trust to protect the 65-plus age group from abuse.

To mark Elderly Abuse Week (June 15 to 22) a community forum with elderly care workers and representatives was held at the South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) training centre on Wednesday.

The forum met to discuss care and protection of older people, what works and what are the challenges.



Merepeka: Failure to act not an option:

I won't be attending the march to be held later this month in Rotorua in memory of Moko Rangitoheriri, the 3-year-old boy who died after being subjected to an onslaught of horrific abuse by his two caregivers Tania Shailer and David Haerewa. Marches are planned in other centres around the country too.

They want to draw attention to the number of killings of New Zealand children.


Violent relationship turns deadly for Hamilton couple:

A volatile, 12-month relationship between a Hamilton couple ended with a fatal blow to the woman's head following a day-long drinking session.

Brendon Hugh Scott, 52, appeared in the High Court in Hamilton on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of manslaughter, laid following the February 8 incident at the Pinfold Ave home he shared with Raewyn Green, 50.



Methamphetamine supply and use continue to grow:

The largest methamphetamine bust in New Zealand's history is representative of a growing problem that's not going away, experts say.

On Monday, police made a record seizure of the drug, confiscating 448kg of the drug with an estimated street value of $438 million.

The record confiscation of the class A drug, found in bags in a campervan in Northland, outstrips the combined total of meth seizures across the country last year.



Fiji child helpline in demand for not just youth:

A child helpline in Fiji is providing services beyond its original purpose as people seek assistance with domestic violence and other stressful situations.

The National Child Helpline was set up in January last year and has received over 11,000 calls.








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