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August 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Being on the benefit an unhappy time for almost 60pc, survey shows:

More than half of beneficiaries are unhappy about having to relying on the system for an income, research from Victoria University shows.

Research by Development Studies student Alicia Sudden explored the experiences of people who have come off a benefit, either temporarily or permanently, since changes to the welfare system in July 2013.



Leaked Nauru files detail extent of child abuse:

Human rights agencies are demanding the closure of Australian-run detention camps on Nauru, after leaked documents revealed the level of trauma and abuse suffered by children there.

The Guardian has published more than 2000 incident reports from the asylum seekers' camps, and said it was likely to renew calls for an end to the political impasse that has seen children in Australia's care languish on Nauru for more than three years.



Abusers refusing to stay away:

More than 12,000 Kiwis have repeatedly breached court orders to stay away from their victims, and one person has been convicted for doing so 14 times.

Ministry of Justice figures released to the Herald paint a disturbing picture of family violence in New Zealand, showing 12,157 people have been convicted for 20,864 protection order breaches in the 11 years to December 31, 2015.



Waikato to host second extended family violence pilot:

Ministers today confirmed Waikato would be the second site for the Integrated Safety Response pilot.

The pilot, also being run in Christchurch, brings together different agencies involved in family violence to support victims and their families in a daily safety assessment approach.

“We know family violence affects all parts of New Zealand society. Extending the pilot to Waikato provides us with an opportunity to assess how well the model works across a diverse population, including a higher proportion of rural and Māori communities,” says Justice Minister Amy Adams.



Improving how the Govt responds to family violence:

The Government is seeking input into a new Risk Assessment and Management Framework designed to keep victims safer, Ministers have announced.

The framework proposes a better, more consistent way to assess and manage the risks of family violence so victims can get the help they need, whoever they turn to.

"This Government wants to do what we can to ensure that New Zealanders are protected from family violence. We know that properly and consistently identifying risk and intervening earlier is critical to achieving this," says Justice Minister Amy Adams.



Collins: Police no-shows at 'dine-and-dash' thefts a result of low officer numbers:

Police Minister Judith Collins says the reason police are not turning up to 'dine-and-dash' thefts is because the country needs a larger police force.

There has been heavy debate between New Zealand First and National in Parliament over whether New Zealand should increase police numbers.

Winston Peters contends John Key has been a massive failure on the topic of law and order.



Police advisor discredits 'stranger danger':

Teaching "stranger danger" to children confuses them and ignores abuse that can come from people they know, a police advisor says.

An Auckland University study found nearly 97.6 percent of reported cases of child abuse in New Zealand involved someone the child knew, and most involved someone within the family circle.

Roland Hermans, who helps put together educational programmes for the police, said older methods for teaching children about risks were outdated and didn't work.



Kathryn's Story: Report highlights violence, relationship status and benefit fraud:

A recent report has highlighted issues around violence, relationship status and benefit fraud, using the story of a woman being pursued for benefit debt.

Kathryn's story: How the Government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have was written by Catriona MacLennan and published by the Child Povery Action Group (CPAG).



REVEALED: New Zealand abandoned Girfec-like scheme after branding it 'useless':

NEW Zealand was forced to abandon a project similar to Scotland’s Getting It Right For Every Child (Girfec) scheme after it was condemned “useless” in a scientific study.

Officials pulled the plug on the predictive risk modelling plans when experts said it did nothing to address the causes of child abuse but gave authorities an excuse for inaction.

The country’s Ministry for Social Development abandoned a pilot to trial the model, created using multi-agency shared data based on 132 variables from socio-economic status to the background of the carers, amid concerns the method was ethically questionable and breached privacy. 



Joke' community work sentence for man who beat, deafened wife:

A man who beat his wife as she held their baby, hitting her so hard in the head that he deafened her, has been sentenced to just 130 hours of community work.

But he will likely be deported before he can complete the sentence, described as a "joke" by his victim.














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