Domestic Violence

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The story of John Wayne Bobbitt and his former wife Lorena. More than 23 years ago, she sliced off his penis as he slept and threw it into a field, in order to stop him assaulting her. “Their volatile marriage, filled with allegations of abuse and infidelity, came to a gruesome conclusion when, in a fit of rage, Lorena took the one thing most precious to her husband and committed the one act every man fears the most.”

Looking Back at the Bobbits Trials and Tribulations

It’s been 23 years since the infamous crime and 22 since Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted of it. Numerous allegations supported by both the prosecution and defense attorneys — and, yes, prosecutors and defense attorneys — painted the problems in paradise down to the last gruesome detail.

Revenge fascinates all of us, but let’s face it-we have a particular appetite for stories about supposedly feminine young women getting mad and then getting even. A woman who gets even with her man is the stuff of fantasies about women. In terms of the odds of its actually occurring, it probably ranks right up there with other unlikely events that populate the male imagination. The beautiful woman with the knife or the gun is a dangerous extension of an icon we recognize: the femme fatale.

Women are less likely to stick the heads of vanquished enemies on stakes outside the city than men are, but that doesn’t mean the aftermath of their anger is actually swept away. Just because women don’t put heads on spikes, in other words, doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t like to.

In the early ’90s, a young couple from Virginia were involved in a story that many people will never forget. In June 1993, 24-year-old Lorena Bobbitt became known as the woman who cut off her husband’s penis with a carving knife.
On the night of the infamous assault, Lorena says her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, came home drunk and sexually assaulted her, a charge he denied.

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Did she leave the house without her husband’s permission?

In stark contrast to women in the West, Moroccan women did not get the right to divorce their husbands, to child custody, to child support or to own and inherit property until 2004.

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Why is it a company’s role to stop domestic violence?

I knew Jackie Blue was a bleeding liberal who cried at the drop of a hat. Word is she cried frequently in caucus.

So it is no wonder that she has come up with the lunatic idea that employers should be doing something to address domestic violence.

Employers who adopt a family violence policy could go beyond saving money – the move could save lives as well.

As part of  Friday’s White Ribbon Day, the Human Rights Commission launched a campaign aimed at encouraging businesses to introduce a family violence policy in their workplaces.

As domestic violence affected one in three women, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said  hundreds of businesses around New Zealand would be feeling the effects as well.   Read more »

Who knew that collective bargaining could end domestic violence?

Apparently only the unions and the ILO:

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Wife beating ratbag now wants your money


A wife beating ratbag wants your hard earned tax money because the poor petal was held in jail longer than he should have…or so he thinks.

A former inmate who was held in jail for longer than he should have been has filed a compensation claim against the Corrections Department in the High Court.

Michael Marino was jailed for 22 months on domestic violence and other charges and should have, by his calculation, been released in January this year, based on his time on remand.

When that did not happen, he took legal action that went from the High Court all the way to the Supreme Court.   Read more »

National’s cunning strategy


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


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

Towels and Lipstick and …

The West Wings Receptionist Buzz

 “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 »