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Weekly Media Round up

February 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

NZ not ready for strangulation prosecutions:

New Zealand is expected to follow other countries in making non-fatal strangulation a crime separate to assault, which a US expert says could prompt hundreds of prosecutions.

But just one person, an ex-police inspector, is doing intensive training on recognising and dealing with strangulation, a month shy of the government getting its first-ever recommendation on whether to change the law.

All the research, led from the United States, shows that men who kill women they know often strangle them nearly to death first.

Non-fatal strangulation is one of the best predictors of a future homicide in domestic violence cases.



Child abuse data doesn't tell full story - Sallies:

Some government mechanisms being used to monitor the well-being of children are painting a rosier picture than the reality, says the Salvation Army.

The organisation today released its annual State of the Nation report, which says data assembled for the Government's Better Public Service targets are sometimes disguising other, less favourable statistics.


See also:

Is CYF manipulating child abuse statistics?

For more information and related media articles about the Salvation Army State of the Nation Report check out the link in our newsletter.


Government wants access to Kiwis' private information to help children at risk:

About 1 per cent of New Zealand children have risk factors that make them far more likely to suffer hardship -- and to target help to them the Government wants more access to New Zealanders' private information.

A new analysis of all children up to the age of 14 has been completed as part of the Government's "investment approach" to social spending, which aims to identify where up-front spending can cut costs later.



Life after domestic violence 'does get better, the terror does end':

After reading one of the contributions to your domestic violence assignment, I feel that my story is worth telling if it just helps one woman who is trapped.

My former partner had a shocking childhood and was addicted to drugs and alcohol. I never believed he would hit me, but he did. I was so shocked and numb from the experience that I did nothing, and then there was no violence at all for several years.



Housing New Zealand to deliver 200 anti-violence packs to Nelson properties:

A collaboration between community groups, Housing New Zealand and police will see an anti-violence resource pack delivered to every state home in Nelson's Victory area.

The packs, which contain information from Civil Defence and womens' services, an anti-bullying CD by youth band Equaliser and an educational booklet on domestic violence produced by the Victory Community Centre, will be rolled out to 200 homes this year.



Foster parents in line for $80 payment:

Foster parents caring for some of our most vulnerable children could be in for a pay rise of about $80 a week in a major review of the care system now before the Cabinet.

A review panel led by economist Dame Paula Rebstock has told the Government many of the 5000 children in state care have needs that can't be met by the traditional model of "volunteer" foster parents.

"Greater financial support may be required, especially for those entrusted with the most vulnerable children with complex needs," the panel said in an interim report last September.



Sexual violence victims benefiting from Offender Levy - Adams:

Victims of sexual violence and their families are receiving financial grants and support services thanks to the Government’s Offender Levy, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

The $50 levy, which generated more than $3.6 million in the 2014/15 financial year, is imposed on all offenders at the point of sentencing.

"The Offender Levy generates funds that help ease some of the financial and emotional pressures faced by victims of serious crime. It also ensures offenders contribute to addressing the harm their offending has caused," says Ms Adams.



Biker chicks raising funds for family violence:

Ange Richardson is rallying the sisters together to ride for a cause.

She's asking motorcycle babes to get on their bikes on February 20 to help raise funds for Family Action in Henderson.

The group provides services to families who are experiencing domestic violence.

Richardson, 42, created the fundraiser after hearing about the experiences of women who had suffered abuse. 



Cash-strapped Women's Centre turning people away:

Stressed, anxious and depressed women have overloaded one Christchurch mental health provider, forcing it to turn people away.

The pressure comes as funding information for the Canterbury District Health Board's (CDHB) upcoming financial year, obtained by Stuff, shows mental health funding is expected to drop to about $210 per head of population, while the national average increases to over $250.

The cuts are a shock for the community-based Women's Centre, which is experiencing its busiest period in its 30 years.



IPCA backs police warning for explicit images:

Police did the right thing in giving only warnings to a group of schoolboys after they performed crude acts on drunk girls and put pictures online, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found.

Patrick Walsh from the Secondary Principals' Association spoke out in November about the case, which he said involved senior boys from an unnamed secondary school.



Hozier hits out at domestic violence in new video:

Irish musician Hozier has teamed up with Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan to make a powerful statement against domestic violence.

In the video for Hozier's song Cherry Wine, directed by Emmy Award- winning director Dearbhla Walsh, Ronan is shown in loving scenes with her partner, played by Moe Dunford (Game of Thrones. They look like a loving couple, but these picture-perfect moments are juxtaposed with scenes of Ronan wiping make-up away to reveal her black eye in front of a mirror.






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