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Weekly Media Roundup

October 15, 2021 at 3:23 PM

Stuff: Coercive control: Lockdown a 'perfect storm' for threats, gaslighting and intimidation 

The abuse took a turn when Claire’s* partner promised to stop hurting her. 

He kept his word, in a way. The physical violence ended. But it was replaced with a relentless campaign of threats, rules, gaslighting and name-calling. 

He would threaten to kill the dog if she left. If she wouldn’t give him sex, he would threaten to have an affair. 

The implication he could hurt her hung in the air. He was a big, powerful man, prone to small displays of strength, such as shoving Claire as he passed in the hallway. 

“He could have killed me with a couple of punches,” she said. 


NZ Herald: This young person will die: Judge, Children's Commissioner demand Oranga Tamariki 'do more' to keep young person safe, secure, alive 

A Family Court judge and lawyer are gravely concerned a young person will die - either by their own hand or through their dangerous behaviour - because Oranga Tamariki cannot find them a secure place to live. 

They say it is simply not safe for the young person to live in the community and have been begging OT for months to find a space for the person in a secure residential facility. So far, however, their cries for help have been repeatedly unanswered. 

OT claims it is doing everything it can to protect the young person and there is simply nowhere more secure for them to be placed. 


Stuff: Tens of thousands of parents miss child support payments - it's up to many of the remaining parents to figure out why 

Inland Revenue spends millions of dollars chasing tax cheats each year. But what about the tens of thousands of men who are defaulting on their child support, and those who deliberately hide their earnings to avoid paying? Michelle Duff investigates. 


Stuff: Timaru mother denies murdering her three children 

Lauren Anne Dickason will enter not guilty pleas to charges of murdering her three daughters in Timaru last month. 

Because she remains unwell at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, her appearance even by video-link was excused when the case was called in the High Court on Friday. 

Justice Cameron Mander told defence counsel Kerryn Beaton QC that because Dickason was not appearing, the defendant would need to sign a written notice so counsel could enter the not guilty pleas on her behalf. That will be done on Friday. 

Dickason, a medical practitioner, is accused of the murder of her three daughters – twins Maya and Karla, 2, and their older sister Liane, 6 – on the night of September 16, about a week after the family moved into a property in Queen St, Timaru. 


RNZ: Man horrified 92 ACC staff accessed his sensitive claim file 

A man disabled by a workplace accident is horrified dozens of ACC staff looked at his sensitive claim file on childhood sexual abuse, viewing it more than 350 times after it was closed. The file of his wife, who acts as his advocate, was also accessed. The couple say their rights and privacy have been breached, but ACC says every access was justified. Anusha Bradley reports. 


NZ Herald: Survivor happy his efforts prompted compensation inquiry after 'cockroach' jailed for sexual abuse 

An abuse survivor who confronted a sex offender in court and helped expose a gap in compensation law for victims says he's happy a Government minister is investigating his case. 

Roger Allison left his job because of post-traumatic stress disorder. But after trouble getting compensation for lost earnings, his efforts prompted Minister for ACC Carmel Sepuloni to look into loopholes around compensation. 

Allison said lifting his own name suppression and speaking out against serial predator Wayne Moonie had started the latest process of fighting for compensation. 


Stuff: How Dilworth School could start to atone for its dark past 

OPINION: Never look a gift horse in the mouth. That's the first phrase that sprang to mind when Dilworth School announced plans to compensate former students who were sexually abused by its teachers, over many decades. 

But Dilworth's offer of money (details of which are yet to be released) is not a gift, of course. It would be fundamentally wrong to consider it a gift. Those whose school years, and often their adulthoods, were blighted might properly consider it a right – or if not that, then certainly the very least the school can and should do. 

The Dilworth survivors have walked a long, long road to this point. It's three years since the school was warned by an old boy that a storm of allegations would soon be upon it; two years since the school first apologised for the actions of its former staff members. 


NZ Herald: Dilworth sex abuse: Financial compensation for survivors must be independent 

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Stuff: Nelson man sentenced for rape had history of child sexual abuse image convictions 

A Nelson man who raped a minor had a history of child sexual abuse image convictions. 

Jeffrey Frank Chadwick, 50, appeared at the High Court in Nelson on Tuesday (via audiovisual link from prison) where he was sentenced on a charge of raping a female under 12 years old. 

The offending dated back to 2014, shortly after Chadwick had moved into a room at Franklyn Village in Nelson. 


Stuff: Lockdown blackmailer used Instagram to extract sex images of young women 

Timothy Hoolihan faked payment screenshots of up to $15,000 to get sexual images from five women he found on Instagram. 

When asked why the money hadn’t arrived, he’d make excuses – or blackmailed them to get more images. 

Hoolihan, 28, of Hamilton, was sentenced to seven months of home detention and 150 hours of community work for what the Crown called a “cynical and callous ploy”, and must pay $1000 reparation to each woman. 

Hoolihan didn’t initially appreciate how serious his behaviour was, lawyer Wayne Dollimore said. 

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