Domestic Violence

National’s cunning strategy

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Just like the “housing crisis” is a problem that can’t be solved, and provides Labour with a stick to beat National with, family violence will be a topic that can’t be easily solved and Labour can hardly be “against” it.  The best they can do is disagree with National’s ideas.   But they must be “for” reduction of violence in society, and “for” measures to assist that.

From the perspective of the opposition, this is a damn slippery topic to get any serious hits in on, while National can continue to flood the media with heroic stories of how they are not happy and how things will improve. Read more »

If you are Maori, it’s safer to get a non-Maori partner

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Maori are three times more likely to be killed by a partner than non-Maori, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act.

The figures, released to Newstalk ZB and covering the years between 2009 and 2013, show Maori are almost three times more likely to be killed by their intimate partners than non-Maori or non-Pacific peoples. They’re also two and a half times more likely to be offenders in intimate partner homicide cases. Read more »

Michael Woodhouse refuses to discuss migrant domestic violence until New Zealanders fix their own problem

I still don’t understand how it can be government policy to allow people to come to live here who have a clear and stated aim to treat women as subordinate to men.  And that’s before any abuse.  

And then, when they’re here and they carry on their own culture under the guise of multiculturalism and tolerance, a National minister’s retort to a genuine concern is to say, “Bah, like Kiwis can talk. We bash the shit out of women too much ourselves.”  

I can’t describe how angry and betrayed I feel by National when it comes to unrestrained and poorly thought out immigration policy.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said New Zealand was not in a position to judge the 400 visas issued each year for women to enter the country for an arranged marriage.

He was responding to a question at the National Party conference in Christchurch from a delegate concerned at domestic violence cases within arranged marriages going through the Manukau District Court.

“When we are talking about family violence, I am not sure that we as a country can hold our hands up and say ‘we are good enough to judge those cultures’,” Woodhouse said.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

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 »