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Weekly Media Roundup

March 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Women's Refuge new CE is announced:

Women’s Refuge has announced its new Chief Executive. Dr Ang Jury will be taking over the helm of the largest agency in New Zealand that deals with domestic violence from the 25th March.

“It is a great honour to be selected to lead Women’s Refuge,” says Dr Jury. Dr Jury has worked in the domestic violence area for almost 20 years, the majority of this time from within the Women’s Refuge movement in Aotearoa. She comes to this role from her previous position as Manager of Palmerston North Women’s Refuge. “I look forward to taking up the fine work of my predecessor Heather Henare. I have a great appreciation of the work carried out by Women’s Refuge and I hope to ensure that this organisation remains as strong as ever.”



Guidelines launched to curb child predators:

Guidelines to help protect children from "predators" will form part of changes that will affect about 370,000 Kiwis working with kids, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has said at their launch in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Vetting and screening, what to ask on application forms, and how to respond to a child who claims to have been abused were among the areas covered in the Children's Action Plan documents.



The Dress turned into powerful anti-violence ad:

The dress that divided the internet with millions debating its colours has been adopted by the Salvation Army for the focus of its latest anti-domestic violence campaign.

Why is it so hard to see black and blue? is the charity's latest advert and highlights the plight of women who are victims of domestic violence.



Brazil cracks down on gender based killings:

Tough new sentences for the gender-related killings of women and girls were signed into law Monday by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The law sets a prison sentence of 12 to 30 years for anyone convicted in the "aberrant" killing of a woman or girl in domestic violence, or because of her gender. It also describes those killings as femicides.



Women's Refuge awarded $3.6m contract:

Ngā Whare Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa - National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges (NCIWR) on behalf of the 41 affiliated member Women’s Refuges in partnership with Shakti New Zealand and the Pacific Island Safety and prevention Project are delighted to have been awarded the contract to run the National Home Safety Service.

Collectively, the partnership between these three organisations provides for a comprehensive set of domestic violence services and long-standing expertise on successful ways to address domestic violence. It offers a unique opportunity to provide specialist, expert-led services across New Zealand, which can be tailored so that the services are responsive to cultural needs. Our partnership means that we have an approach that effectively integrates domestic violence expertise with culturally appropriate responses for Māori, Pacific and migrant women.


See also:

Hopes domestic violence programme will save lives and

All you need is seconds - Mother praises $3m plan to save domestic violence victims

Aussie surgeon urges silence on sex abuse:

A senior Australian surgeon has been criticised for her "appalling" suggestion that surgical trainees should stay silent if they're sexually assaulted by a colleague because coming forward could ruin their careers.

Dr Gabrielle McMullin, a Sydney vascular surgeon, says sexism is so rife among surgeons in Australia that young woman in the field should probably just accept unwanted sexual advances.


See also:

Senior surgeon stands by advice for female doctors to stay silent on sex abuse


Pressure to reverse Australian legal aid cuts:

All state and territory Attorneys-General have written to federal Attorney-General George Brandis, warning the Commonwealth's current funding plan for legal assistance will set the fight against domestic violence and Indigenous disadvantage back decades.

Last year's budget cut $15 million from legal aid commissions and $6 million from community legal centres.


Netball 'play like a Girl' black eye campaign worth celebrating:

Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has voiced her approval of a controversial advertisement for the trans-Tasman championship that promotes physical play and features a player with a badly blackened eye.

Some critics have drawn parallels to domestic violence over a graphic image used of Diamonds star Sharni Layton sporting a bruised and bloodshot left eye.



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