Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Anti-Violence Network Challenges Politicians

MEDIA STATEMENT
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 2011

Anti-Violence Network Challenges Politicians

The National Network of Stopping Violence, Te Kupenga, is urging politicians to adopt a tougher law and order stance on family violence.

National manager Brian Gardner – a White Ribbon Ambassador – says he is encouraged by National’s election pledge to double the penalties for breaches of protection orders and fund security improvements for the homes of family violence victims.

However, Mr Gardner says any incoming government must not “get sucked into thinking that doing this solves the problem”.

Te Kupenga is a network of 42 independent community-based organisations – from Whangarei to Invercargill – working to end violence and abuse in families.

“Men’s violence to women is a multi-faceted issue that needs a multi-faceted response ... community agencies such as ours needs the government to keep supporting what they are already doing, fix those things that aren’t getting done and keep the focus on eliminating violence against women.

”We need to ensure the availability of community support such as Women’s Refuge, support for victims of violence through the court system and ensure adequate housing and income.

“If we do these things, then we will continue to see domestic violence assaults and murders dropping at an even faster rate than they are at present.”

In the latest New Zealand Police statistics for 2010-2011, recorded family violence-related offences dropped 3.1 per cent.

Mr Gardner says many men who breached protection orders have been able to get away with it in the past.

“If we are serious about women’s safety, then we need to show it. The critical thing is that the breach is taken seriously and followed up by the police and the courts – you can have all the penalties in the world but if you don’t follow up consistently every time, it won’t make any difference.

“The same must apply to men who are referred to stopping violence programmes but fail to attend or complete the course. The research is clear – men who attend and complete stop violence programmes are less likely to use violence in the future.

“We need to ensure that we put as much energy into following up programme non-attendance as we do into raising the penalties for protection order breaches – then we will really be getting somewhere.”

For more information about Te Kupenga, go to the website www.nnsvs.org.nz or for the latest news on White Ribbon Day – Friday November 25 – go to www.whiteribbon.org.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels