Domestic Violence

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Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President Walter Mondale. The entertainment reporter, worked for E! and CBS.

Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President Walter Mondale. The entertainment reporter, worked for E! and CBS.

Bill Clinton’s Mess

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 “I stood guard, a pistol at my hip, outside the Oval Office, the last barrier before anyone saw Bill Clinton”

As seen in the above photo from April 3, 1997, Eleanor Mondale arrived for the premiere of The Saint in Los Angeles. Eleanor died from brain cancer as a 51-year-old in 2011, but a new book by Gary J Byrne, is resurrecting her name and a whole bunch of controversy about the Clintons. It is the same book that told the world Hillary Clinton allegedly gave Bill Clinton a black eye.
The former Secret Service agent Byrne claims, that things got so heated during Bill Clinton’s Presidency over his affairs that the Secret Service discussed the prospect of “domestic violence” between Hillary and her husband. Because of Gary’s close proximity to the Clintons during some of their most volatile days in the White House, the authors’ testimony of his experiences with Bill and Hillary are being closely followed.

‘Having witnessed the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House – so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined – Byrne came to understand that, to the Clintons, governing was an afterthought.
Gary has likened President Clinton’s alleged revolving door of women, to running a brothel instead of leading the country via the White House.
In  his upcoming book, Crisis of Character, Byrne claims while President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky he was also having one with former Vice President Walter Mondale’s daughter, Eleanor Mondale.
In the book, the author writes, “There before us was E! Network host, Eleanor Mondale . . . and President Clinton in a compromising position, that is, making out on the Map Room table.”

According to Byrne, he was “The last barrier before Monica Lewinsky saw Bill Clinton.” Moreover, Lewinsky was jealous of Mondale’s relationship with the President. Bill Clinton’s White House was a seedy “brothel” where the “horndog” President entertained a veritable harem of mistresses, the former US Secret Service agent has claimed.

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It appears we have more children who need lawyers than we have lawyers

Who would have thought we’d need more lawyers.

The Children’s Commissioner says it is not feasible to provide all children exposed to family violence with their own lawyer, because there simply aren’t enough lawyers to go around.

The recommendation was made by Coroner Carla na Nagara after she investigated the suicides of four teenage girls in Flaxmere between 2013 and 2014, who all came from families characterised by domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.

Children’s commissioner Russell Wills said the police attended family violence callouts involving 55,000 children each year.

He said that if each were to be given their own lawyer, that would tie up nearly all the country’s legal resources.    Read more »

Saudi Cleric releases video explaining how to properly beat your wife

This week the Herald has been focussing on domestic violence.

Perhaps they should be questioning, as part of that investigation, increased immigrations from adherents of the religion of peace, especially when one of their clerics issues a video explaining the correct way to beat your wife.   Read more »

Kristen Dunne-Powell’s father calls out Veitch for his sanitised faux contrition

This follows on from the NZ Herald article yesterday

In the 10 years since Tony Veitch broke my daughter’s back, she has rebuilt her life completely.

We are immensely proud of her resilience and the person she is.

We do not dwell in the past and we have followed her lead in moving past this.

However, I wish she was not forever more connected to this man.

I have witnessed her pain again today, on what should be a special day for her and our family.

The constant reminders of this public case also haunt her as she attempts to go happily about her daily life.

So, as Tony puts our case back into the public arena, our family question what do we do? Read more »

Tony Veitch on responsibility, recovery and redemption

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It’s fairly brave to pull the scab off having kicked his partner in the spine and then trying to take his own life.

It is 10 years since I turned from the man I’d always wanted to be, to a man I could not control. In January 2006 I made a huge mistake, a grave misjudgment on my behalf that has impacted the lives of many people and for that I am truly sorry.

Even though it was the only time that I have ever lashed out in my life, once was too much. I should have walked away, but instead I hurt someone and I can’t ever make that go away.

I have spent hours alone and in counselling sessions considering my actions that night and wondering why I ever allowed myself to get to that point.

There is no justifiable answer. I have imagined every conceivable scenario to have avoided what I did, but in the end, they were my actions. I take responsibility for that and I will do for the rest of my life.

Poor judgment on my behalf changed so much that day and I apologise unreservedly for that.

I live with what I did every day and as a result of my role in media, I live with it everywhere.

For those who need a reminder what “it” is, this, from a 2009 Stuff article: Read more »

Is the Catholic church joining Islam in keeping uppity women in line?

Maybe the Catholic Church is going to buy a job lot of wife beater singlets?

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Seems there aren’t a lot of Spanish women cooking their men some eggs…when they are told to do it.

A leading archbishop has sparked outrage in Spain by saying that domestic violence occurs because ‘women do not obey men’.

The Archbishop of Toledo Braulio Rodriguez told his congregation that wives could avoid being hit by doing what they are told.

Women could also escape being physically abused by not asking their husbands for a divorce, Rodriguez said.

He told churchgoers in his sermon: ‘The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman’s partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands.   Read more »

Unconscious Bias Cannot Counter Evidence

A reader emails:

Police Commissioner Mike Bush recently told Lisa Owen  “We’re wanting to build great relationships with academia because we’re determined to be a very evidence-based police service.” This sounds excellent until he also seems to confuse evidence with feelings.

In the same interview he said “as we know, family violence occurs across every demographic, and no one is immune from it or no community or no demographic is immune.” He also said that officers were being trained to recognise and acknowledge any predjudice “so that we don’t apply any unconscious bias to any demographic”. He says the Police are “doing so much to try and work with iwi and Maori to change that over-representation” in the domestic violence statistics.

Working only with Maori groups on a problem that is “across every demographic…[and] community” makes no sense. It’s like Dame Susan standing in solidarity only with the Muslim community against terrorism when the victims were French and Israeli also. Perhaps Bush and Devoy should consult their “unconscious biases”.   Read more »

A New Zealand home is the most dangerous place to live

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Kaitaia-based Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, who made eliminating sexual and domestic violence one of his priorities when elected in 2014, took part in a White Ribbon march in Hastings yesterday. Men had to stand up and take control of the issue, he said.

“Women have been carrying this burden for way too long. Coming up to Christmas, the best gift we can give our children is to love their mothers,” he said.

In Auckland, White Ribbon marchers walked up Queen St to Myers Park for a rally.

At Tauranga on Tuesday, 25 White Ribbon riders motored into the Papamoa Plaza to cheers from a crowd of about 50 people. Chief victims advisor to the Government Dr Kim McGregor said it was important that men continued to campaign against violence against women. Read more »

This guy could be a senior Nat office holder

Highly placed people getting away with domestic violence is more common than you think.

A high-flying Wellington lawyer has received a rare diversion after assaulting and kicking his wife, a decision slammed by Women’s Refuge for sending “the wrong message”.

The lawyer, who is a partner at a major Wellington law firm, was charged with male assaults female in the Wellington District Court, an offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

The police summary of facts states the lawyer pushed his wife twice during an argument and then kicked her four times in the buttocks.

Police policy is usually to automatically oppose granting diversion in family violence cases, as it is considered too serious an offence.

However, despite the policy, an exception was made for this lawyer.    Read more »

I guess this leaves Maori with absolutely zero excuses

Admirable changes in attitude towards domestic violence in the Pasifika community.

Violence at home has long been a scourge disproportionately affecting New Zealand’s Pacific Island-identifying population.

But new figures appear to show domestic violence among Pacific peoples has dropped.

In the space of five years, Pasifika people, who account for seven per cent of the population, have gone from being among the most likely ethnic groups to experience domestic violence, to among the least.    Read more »