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Weekly Media Round up

August 26, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Emergency housing fund for abusive family members:

Short-term emergency housing for abusive family members, designed to get them away from their victims, will be funded by the government.

The government will provide $500,000 over two years to fund the housing.

The money, included in the 2016 Budget, will provide housing in Christchurch and Waikato, where a new integrated safety response pilot is being tested.



Women's Refuge 'encouraged' by govt plan to house family violence perpetrators:

Women's Refuge is backing a trial which will give temporary accommodation to the perpetrators of domestic violence.

The Government has announced it will fund the $500,000 trial in Christchurch and Waikato over the next two years.



Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults:

CHICAGO (AP) " Debilitating brain injuries from repeated head blows can happen in football, but mounting evidence says they can happen in domestic violence too.

Experts believe many cases go untreated in abused women, and that can make them vulnerable to problems with thinking, mood and behavior.

Recent data suggest that domestic assaults may cause traumatic brain injuries in at least 60 percent of survivors.



Offender jailed for two years for violent domestic assault:

A Taranaki man has been jailed for serious domestic violence which left a woman with significant injuries.

On Wednesday, Judge Chris Sygrove sent Heremia Rawhiti Ruru to prison for two years for the attack where the victim suffered extensive bruising, a broken eye socket and sore ribs.



NZ police leadership programme hopes to help Pacific:

A recent leadership programme held in Auckland will be beneficial for police in Pacific island nations.

Senior officers from around the Pacific explored effective leadership strategies in a two-week training course in Auckland.



Keeping quiet contributes to violence, says Taranaki Safe Families co-ordinator:

I know some people turn off when they hear the words 'family violence'.

We all know that it's been given plenty of publicity in recent years, with some high-profile campaigns, but let's face it, this is an issue that is not going to go away on its own.



Govt confirms new Ministry for Vulnerable Children:

A new Ministry for Vulnerable Children will be set up from April next year, the government has confirmed.

Anne Tolley will become the Vulnerable Children Minister once the ministry - which will also be known as Oranga Tamariki - is up and running.



NZ sets example in dealing with online child abuse:

Interpol has praised New Zealand for the way it is tackling online child exploitation.

In a letter to the Department of Internal Affairs, the international crime-fighting organisation said New Zealand was an example to the rest of the world in the way it dealt with online child exploitation and sex abuse.



New ministry should look after all children:

Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Jacinda Adern

New ministry should look after all children

The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.

“Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft have warned such a name will stigmatise the very kids it is trying to help.

“In response to the Minister’s announcement, Judge Becroft has declared that he will only use the name ‘Oranga Tamariki’ for the new Ministry.



Shameful child abuse record prompts protection for officials sharing info about at-risk children:

A law change is on the way to protect officials who share information about children at risk of abuse, ONE News has confirmed.

That sharing across welfare and other government agencies is seen as key to stopping abuse before it's too late.



‘A broken plate can’t be unbroken’: An abuse survivor visits Pātaka’s domestic violence art show

‘Joining the Pieces’ at Poirirua’s Pātaka Museum is a celebration of resilience, told through artworks created by the women and children survivors of domestic violence. For Jeff Mercer, the show inspired memories of his own abuse, and reflections on how far he’s come. 



Bound: Ballet-based platformer reopens games-as-art debate:

Although at first glance, Bound is a game about a ballet dancing princess, helping a queen to defend a world under attack from a demonic presence, it soon becomes clear that this surface level fairy tale is merely an manifestation of something deeper. It's a game about a dysfunctional family and how a child comes to terms with the breakdown of her mother and father's relationship.



101,981 push-ups for 101,981 family violence incidents:

One Christchurch rugby club is about to tackle its biggest challenge yet - 101,981 push-ups in four hours to help kick domestic violence into touch.

That’s 101,981 push-ups to reflect the number of family violence incidents New Zealand police attended in 2014.

Suburbs Rugby Club, which also incorporates Suburbs Netball and Halswell Wigram Rugby, is holding the Mega Push-up Challenge charity fundraiser to help stamp out the country’s growing domestic violence problem.


Authorities reveal Mark Short behind murder-suicide of wife and their three children:

A US father-of-three took his children to an amusement park the day before shooting them, and his wife, in a murder-suicide, authorities in the state of Pennsylvania have reported.

In a news conference Berks County District Attorney John Adams confirmed 40 year-old Mark Short was responsible for the deaths of his children Willow, 2, Mark Jr, 5 and Liana,8, as well as his wife, 33-year-old Megan Short. The family dog was also found dead.



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