Domestic Violence

Deja Vu…all over again

That tweet reminded me of this:

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Labour’s war on cops continues

According to Labour, the cops are liars.

Police were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday.

But the claim has been strongly denied by both police bosses and the Government.

Family violence figures released yesterday by the University of Auckland’s Family Violence Clearinghouse show police charges for domestic violence offences dropped by up to 29 per cent from 2009/10 to last year.

And for the same period, the number of offences recorded by police fell by nearly 10,000.

But the number of investigations into family violence grew from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.

Little, a list MP and New Plymouth’s Labour Party candidate, said he believed the drop in family violence charges was due to the Government putting direct pressure on police to lower the crime statistics.

“What I have been told authoritatively is that front line police have been told to minimise the number of charges they lay.

“That is not just family violence but across the board. I’m told it’s not just domestic violence, it’s all forms of offending.

“I think that a combination of that and using police safety orders is what is showing up in the reduced number of charges in relation to domestic violence,” Little said.

Just when you think they can’t get any more desperate, Labour resurrect their hate campaign against frontline police.  Read more »

Yo! Had enough of these “Yo!” posts today?

One of the advantages to being part of new media rather than old media is that we can run stories that will upset people.  Not to upset them for the sake of it, but we don’t have to shy away from a topic because we’re scared the subscription line will go mad with cancellations.

Today, I posted the following three articles

A lot of readers were confused.  And they were uncomfortable.

They confuse their feelings of empathy with a feeling of contrition and being responsible.

Saying “sorry” is taking responsibility for something.

It is entirely alright to feel empathy for victims, but what if you share statistical similarities with the person who actually did the crime, does that make you responsible?

If you say “yes”, then I don’t understand you or the way you view the world.

The problem is that we are bombarded by statistics on a daily basis.  And it is easy to say “most men…” or “most Maori…” because it would be absolutely true.  No lies are told that way.

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A reader emails Mr Cunliffe

I have been deluged by readers copying me in on their emails to David Cunliffe.

Here is one:

From: Brett [REDACTED]
Sent: Friday, 4 July 2014 7:58 p.m.
To: ‘[email protected]
Subject: Sorry for being a man

Dear David

I very rarely take the time to write to politicians but feel I have to respond to your reported comments today.  Read more »

One job a senior Nat official need not apply for

Judith Collins and Anne Tolley have announced the position of Chief Victims Advisor to advise on the needs and views of victims of crime, including domestic violence victims.

A cross-government approach to prevent family violence proposes new Justice sector initiatives to keep women and children safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced today.

“The high rate of family violence in New Zealand is unacceptable – too many domestic violence victims continue to be re-victimised even when a protection order is in place,” Ms Collins says.

“This Government is committed to do more to end family violence. That’s why we’re proposing a suite of initiatives to increase the safety of family violence victims, reduce the risk that they will be re-victimised and make services more responsive to victims’ individual needs.”

The Justice sector’s stronger response to family violence links with Associate Minister for Social Development Tariana Turia’s work to promote community wide rejection of family violence. Together with the Government’s focus on vulnerable children, it will help future generations of children to grow up without family violence.    Read more »

A solution to feralism?

A commenters suggests a possible solution for the increasing incidence of feralism:

Billions of dollars have been spent on all types of programmes targeting Maori poverty, child abuse, crime, domestic violence, unemployment etc, nothing changes. Successive Governments claim to have the answers and new funding, new incentives, and new promises fail to stem the flow of depravity. Let’s just stop. No more special treatment, no more special funding, no more excuses. Hold parents responsible for the actions of the child. Hold Maori accountable for their over representation in these statistics. Demand they do something about it, because until such time as their own families judge them, it won’t change. STOP throwing money at them … it doesn’t work.

Quite simply welfare doesn’t work.

I have told loads of politicians that welfare doesn’t work, invited them to come visit in South Auckland. One, a Labour MP promised to do so but never has…despite now working near where I was talking about.

If welfare was the answer then it was a bloody stupid question in the first place.

We have poured literally billions of dollars into welfare for various reasons…to protect the kids, to improve health, to make houses warm…the excuses are endless.

All that is generated is increased, weapons grade whinging about needing more….billions more.

If welfare was the answer then poverty, crime, child abuse and many other societal ills would have been solved a long, long time ago.

It is time to do something different.

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Bet he was registered, now he’s running away

Escaping New Zealand and a history of domestic assault means the UK now get a wife beater.  Wonder if he disclosed that in his job application

A top principal will face court before starting a new job at a prestigious English school, after his ex-wife launched a private prosecution against him.

An earlier complaint against Albany’s Kristin School executive principal Peter Clague led to a police warning, but no charges. Now, Clague, 48, faces one charge of male assaults female for an incident at his Greenhithe home in September 2010.

Clague’s ex-wife, Jeanne Jackman, alleges Clague ran at her in anger, shook her by the shoulders, and pushed her on to stairs, causing her to fracture her tailbone. She also alleges Clague had previously been psychologically abusive.

Clague previously told the Herald on Sunday: “My career is on the whim of a woman who is angry over a break-up … principals don’t come back from false allegations like this.”

Clague previously claimed the couple argued in their home’s driveway and Jackman became upset.

In documents filed with the court this week, Jackman said she wanted to bring the prosecution against Clague before he left in August for his role at 500-year-old Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire.

She may be a bunny boiler, but it doesn’t excuse a physical assault.  What sort of example is that for an “executive principal”?  That it is ok to beat on someone, on women, as long as she’s irritating enough?   Read more »

Will Kelvin Davis Stand Up to Domestic Violence in the National Party?

Kel Davis is regarded as one of the good blokes in Labour, a man who isn’t cowed by the sisterhood, the gaggle of gays or self serving unionists. He’s been pretty forthright about his views in the media since Shane Jones has retired.

Mike Dinsdale reports:

Kelvin Davis wants to be the man who stands up in Parliament against domestic violence when he becomes an MP again next month.

Mr Davis will replace Labour list MP Shane Jones next month after Mr Jones’ shock announcement this week that he was resigning and would not fight the next election.

Mr Davis, who spent one term as a Labour list MP, said he would push several key issues when back in the House – Maori education, regional development, improving the number of people speaking te reo Maori, and “being the male in Parliament who stands up and says enough is enough over domestic violence”.

“We should not be hurting our women and children and whanau through physical, emotional or sexual violence.”

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Maybe he could take a senior position in the National party?

It seems that Republicans don’t take kindly to wife beaters being involved in politics:

But many of the challengers have created their own problems.

Mr. Wolf, a radiologist, was revealed to have a penchant for posting X-rays of his patients with gruesome injuries online. Mr. Bevin, who is lashing out at Mr. McConnell for supporting the 2008 bank bailout, sent a letter in his capacity as head of an investment fund praising the bill. Mr. Carr has drawn little attention except for when he asserted that the United States invaded Iraq before Afghanistan. And the conservative who was going to challenge Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Erick Bennett, was found to have been convicted of assaulting his wife. (He withdrew from the primary, though he is now considering a write-in effort.)

The Huffington Post has more details of that incident which has cost him his political career.  Read more »

HoS editorial on Name Suppression for the “Politician”

The Herald on Sunday followed up its story about the “politician” from the leafy suburbs with an editorial about the same case.

The editorial drops some hints as to the identity. Please do not take that licence to guess in the comments…to do so will get you the ban hammer faster than Pete or Travis can swing it.

He is one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand. He supports MPs who changed the law to expressly state that a defendant’s public profile should not, of itself, be grounds for keeping his identity secret.

And, in an acrimonious, multi-million dollar marriage break-up, this man was alleged to have grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, and admitted trying to kick in the door of their home and shouting abuse at her.

But in the Family Court this week, Judge David Burns ordered that the man’s identity be indefinitely suppressed – that anyone who even whispers at his identity be liable to three months’ imprisonment or a $2,000 fine.

Why? It is because his Queen’s Counsel, Lady Deborah Chambers, used a clause in the Family Courts Act to have him categorised as a “vulnerable person”, as both he and his wife had unsuccessfully sought protection orders against each other at the height of the drawn-out, torrid break-up.  Read more »