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Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:39 PM

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View Posthukildaspida, on 21 January 2014 - 04:13 PM, said:

Good on Judith Collins for showing she has an emotional side to her.

Credit where it is due.

May we also please request that should they bring in such a change, that it also includes the same provisions for those whom may be under the Harassment Act as they too suffer from the "snowball effect" from these same persons in different environments and are equally as vulnerable.

Deaths cut close to home

By Kathryn Powley
5:30 AM Sunday Jan 19, 2014

Memories of cousin brutally murdered come back to haunt justice minister.

An emotional Judith Collins has revealed her personal pain at the loss of a cousin, murdered when her husband breached a protection order.

The Justice Minister spoke to the Herald on Sunday yesterday, after announcing plans to use GPS monitors to track violent men and stop them going near women they had threatened or attacked.

There have been questions this week about why the police did not respond to pleas for help from Katharine Webb, whose former husband, Edward Livingstone, shot dead their son and daughter then turned the gun on himself in Dunedin this week.

But the GPS proposal dates back further. In July 2012 Collins' cousin Robyn Prole was brutally killed by her husband Rex Prole, despite a protection order banning him from approaching or contacting her.

Livingstone's violence brought back memories of Robyn's death. "She'd only been married for about two years before he murdered her," Collins said.

Robyn's first husband had died in his 20s from a congenital heart problem, leaving her to bring up their son, Alex, whom she adored.

"She met this Rex Prole person at her church where he was supposedly a rehabilitated prisoner,"
Collins said. "She brought him to a National Party function that I was speaking at and introduced me to him. I thought he was a bit dodgy, but it wasn't for me to judge. Next thing she was married to him. She was very happy after many, many years - she was well into her 50s - to have found someone else. That was about two years before he killed her."

The cousins were "quite close" and Collins was a guest at the wedding, but after a while communication broke down. It turned out Rex was violent towards Robyn.

She was 57 when she died. She had left him and got a protection order after a violent incident but he had breached the order.

"The day that he killed her she went to collect the mail from her mailbox at the house that they had owned," Collins said. "She drove in, didn't even get out of the car but opened up the window and he walked up to her. He had a kitchen knife in his hand and he stabbed her straight into the throat and she bled to death in front of the neighbours."

The only positive thing Collins had to say about the 65-year-old builder was he had pleaded guilty.

Collins said Robyn, the daughter of her father's sister, was a kind person who only ever saw the good in people, even when there was no good. Asked how Robyn's death influenced her work as Justice Minister, Collins said: "Obviously I need to be very professional as I am about these matters, but I am very aware of the way in which this can happen to anybody in any family. It has a devastating effect."

The Livingstone case had brought it all back.

"My heart goes out to Miss Webb, whose children have been killed by their father - the person whose first role in life should be to protect them. I don't care what excuses there are for it. He's to blame."

She was not impressed by criticism of police in this case.

"Blame must always be with the murderer. That's who is at fault here. Obviously there needs to be a coroner's inquest which will no doubt go through every detail and all the facts, but ultimately there was one person who did that. We should seek answers as to how things can be done better, but even people who were told that he was thinking this - I don't blame them, I blame him. It was a terrible, dreadful thing to do."

Last May Rex Prole was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 11 years and six months.

- Herald on Sunday


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 04:43 PM

Of equal concern is Harassment that those whom are subjected to by the former partners of the abused.

They are equally as vulnerable, if not more vulnerable as well as victims/complainants and should be rpovided with equal assistance.

Business must stand up to domestic violence

Domestic violence costs New Zealand business $368 million a year, according to new research that says businesses could benefit from better victim-protection policies.

The report, commissioned by the Public Service Association (PSA) and released to coincide with the launch of Green MP Jan Logie's anti-domestic violence members bill, has made a number of recommendations it says will save businesses millions and help victims break the cycle of violence.

One in three New Zealand women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, while women are also targeted at work and have trouble holding on to jobs.

Report author Suzanne Snively, a former partner at PWC
, put the cost of domestic violence to business at $368 million a year.

Her report said there was growing evidence that the introduction of workplace protection for victims saved employers money that would otherwise be spent on recruitment, retraining, lost workdays and lower productivity.

"For every woman whose experience of violence is prevented as result of the workplace protections in a particular year, an average of $3371 in production-related costs can be avoided," the report said.

Snively said this was a conservative estimate.

Her report said evidence strongly showed that staying in work was critical to reducing the effects of violence and abuse experienced by victims.

"Security of employment enables those affected by domestic violence to maintain personal, family, financial and economic stability, in this way assisting them to find a pathway out of violence and to successfully build their lives," it said.

There were a number of barriers to implementing workplace protections.

"These barriers are due in part to current attitudes towards workplace health and safety training which can overstate the costs and understate the benefits from lower costs of recruitment, retention and retraining," the report said.

With appropriate protection, workplaces and employers could also enhance victim safety and help connect them with support services that led them to safer environments and staff retention.

"These factors increasingly empower victims to become self-reliant and confident employees," it said.

"In combination with the reduction in disruption to staff, employers are able to achieve strong productivity growth."

It would also allow them to break the cycle of violence more quickly.

The report made a number of recommendations including that employers create and implement tailored domestic violence human resources policies, allow victims to take up to 10 days special leave to address and resolve domestic violence problems, and raise awareness of the economic cost of domestic violence.
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PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott
said the research showed the significant savings that could be made if victims were properly supported in the workplace.

"The PSA has been working with employers to get agreed provisions that provide support at work for people suffering from domestic violence," she said.

"Employer-by-employer agreements will not provide for everyone, however, and that is why legislation is needed."

Green Party women's spokesperson Jan Logie said that with one in three women experiencing domestic violence, urgent action was needed to reduce the impact and to help victims rebuild their lives.

"Victims of domestic violence often lose their jobs because they may not be able to focus on their work, are unable to show up to work, or are stalked by their abusers while at work," she said.

Her bill would allow them to ask for help and give employers the tools they needed to support their workers and keep them in employment, helping the victim out of their ordeal and saving the business money in terms of productivity and staff turnover.

Employers were in a strong position to make a difference in the lives of victims, she said.

"This is a win-win solution that will benefit domestic violence victims, wider society, and businesses at the same time."

A spokesman for Women's Refuge said victims of domestic violence were often unemployed or underemployed and struggled to get work due to bad references, as violence affected their ability to do their jobs.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 02:02 PM

An update to post #44

Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse - A Consultation
August 2014

Bullying husbands face jail under new proposals by Theresa May

Home Secretary unveils plan to criminalise "domestic abuse" which involves no violence, in a bid to crack down on "brutal reality" of intimidation behind closed doors


By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

12:01AM BST 20 Aug 2014

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HUSBANDS who keep their wives downtrodden could face prison under new plans set out by the Government today.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, published proposals for a new offence of “domestic abuse” designed to criminalise men who bully, cause psychological harm or deny money to their partners.

The law would make the worst cases of non-violent “controlling behaviour” a jailable offence.

Exact terms of the offence are yet to be defined, but it could involve humiliating, frightening or intimidating a partner, keeping them away from friends or family or restricting their access to money.

A 15-page consultation document issued by the Home Officethat there would have to be a “pattern” of abuse to trigger a prosecution.

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It comes after the Government unveiled a “Cinderella” law earlier this year which will see parents who starve their children of love and affection being prosecuted for “emotional cruelty”.

Both proposed offences mark a significant incursion by the State into what have previously been regarded as private affairs.

Mrs May said she was clear that domestic abuse was “not just about violence”. “Within every community there are people living in fear of those closest to them,” she said.

“The terrifying reality is that for the most part these appalling crimes happen behind closed doors. We must bring domestic abuse out into the open and send a clear message that it is wrong to put your partner or your family in fear.”

Although the new domestic abuse offence is mainly designed to protect wives and girlfriends from male partners who intimidate them, it will apply equally to men being targeted by women. The Home Office said 16 per cent of men admit to being victims of domestic abuse during their lifetimes compared with 30 per cent of women, according to research.

Women’s Aid, one of the groups working with the Home Office on the proposals, highlighted the case of a mother-of-two whose abusive marriage illustrated the kind of relationship that could be covered by the law.

She suffered years of psychological abuse from her husband who, she said, would “put me down”, hide her possessions and “scream” at her if she came home late.

“I wasn’t allowed any money for myself,” she said. “He would spend £200 a week at a strip club; I had to give a comprehensive budget of everything I was spending.”

In a separate case highlighted by Rachel Horman, a solicitor who specialises in domestic abuse cases, a woman was woken in the night by her husband, who had been drinking.

He ordered her to go to the garage to buy cigarettes for him, and to bring a receipt to show how much of his money she had spent.

When she returned without the receipt, he shouted obscenities at her and ordered her to get on her knees to beg his forgiveness, which she did immediately to avoid being hit.

The consultation paper acknowledged that domestic abuse was already partly covered by stalking and harassment laws, but it said a new offence might be necessary because some experts had argued that “the law is ambiguous and perpetrators are … not being brought to justice”.

A new offence would strengthen protection for people in relationships with each other, and could also cover abuse between family members and ex-partners. The consultation, which is open for eight weeks, defines domestic abuse as “a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim”.

A Home Office spokesman said the crime would be prosecuted “along the same lines” as anti-stalking and harassment offences. Under those laws, there must have been at least two occasions when the victim was caused distress.

She added that the worst cases of domestic abuse, where there was

intimidation “over a long period of time”, would carry a jail term, although no maximum sentences had yet been drawn up.

Less serious examples are likely to be dealt with by community orders or fines.

The number of domestic abuse cases referred by police for prosecution reached a record high of 103,500 last year.

Conviction rates for this type of crime have increased from just under 60 per cent in 2005-06 to nearly 75 per cent in 2013-14, according to the Home Office. Polly Neate, the chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “This is a vital step forward for victims of domestic violence.

“Two women a week are killed by domestic violence, and in our experience of working with survivors, coercive controlling behaviour is at the heart of the most dangerous abuse.”

Prof David Wilson, a criminologist at Birmingham City University, supported the move, but warned that the new offence could pose initial legal problems.

“The dividing line between abuse and criminality is often one that is difficult to measure,” he said.

Peter Lodder QC, a criminal barrister, added: “The law can be a blunt instrument and if you are talking about how people conduct their private lives the criminal law is not always the best way to control that.

“Extreme cases may be obvious but the difficulty may come with where one draws the line."

• For advice on combating domestic abuse contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. If you are a perpetrator of domestic violence and wish to seek help call Respect on 0808 802 4040. For advice on abuse within lesbian and gay relationships contact Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:19 PM

Maybe an investigation needs to be done into those living in & from the Philippines & what really goes on there in relation to Domestic Violence & there systems in general.

It would be an eye opener for many.

What was this women in the article below doing leaving behind her two children in the Phillipines?

Children need there parents with them, not living in a foreign country.

Of course it is to be remembered that there are those that advertise on "dating websites" that also need to be made accountable for there own actions & those cases need to be looked into very closely by New Zealand Immigration - look on Google Philippines for the evidence of online dating for a start.

There is a saying, it takes two to tango.

New Zealand needs to stop been seen as an "easy touch" by these people, & that includes both male & females involved in these so-called relationships.

Interestingly we often hear of Philipino's complaining about the way they have been treated in the workforce in NZ so been realistic maybe they should look more closely at what they are been told in there home country, instead of blaming New Zealanders.

It was disgusting enough to recently see a documentary on Al Jazeera that showed Filipino's selling there own children for pornography.

Filipinas flee abusive Kiwi relationships

Last updated 05:00 25/08/2014

When Ronnette Villaluz, 34, met a Christchurch business owner in the Philippines, he promised her love and a better life in New Zealand.

She left two children, friends and a job to follow him to Christchurch with her 11-year-old son.

But after only a few weeks, the relationship with the 52-year-old soured.

Following a dispute in June last year, the police charged him with assault with intent to injure. He is defending the charge.

Villaluz moved to a Christchurch refuge run by Shakti, a national organisation providing emergency accommodation for migrant women.

She is one of hundreds of women from Asian countries who come to New Zealand to live with Kiwi men. Migrant advocates and immigration specialists say these women are particularly vulnerable if their partners become abusive.

Immigration New Zealand figures show the number of partnership visas issued to Filipino people have more than tripled in the last decade, rising from 159 in 2004/05 to 552 in 2013/14.

In the past five years, 908 migrants applied for work and residence visas under the Victims of Domestic Violence category.

Shakti co-ordinator Margie Agalid
said a quarter of migrant women in Shakti refuges nationwide needed protection from abusive Kiwi partners. In most cases, the women had been introduced to their partner through a friend or a relative, giving them confidence to move to New Zealand.

It was hard for a Filipina to leave an abusive relationship.

"It is very difficult . . . to speak out because her family and friends will blame her. It's not acceptable to leave an abusive partner [in the Philippines]."

Villaluz applied for a work visa under the victims of domestic violence category but Immigration New Zealand (INZ) rejected her application because she had not lived with her partner for 12 months. She obtained a six-week visitor visa, which runs out today.

Her immigration lawyer, ParryField partner Kris Morrison, said immigration policy failed to protect such people.

In many cases, migrant women met their Kiwi partner online, and then in person a few times, before moving to New Zealand.

"Here is someone who needs help. It's not her fault that she has found herself in this situation but the current policy doesn't help her," Morrison said.

Villaluz is now staying with her friend and advocate, Margie Duff, also a Filipina.

Duff, a member of the "I care ministry" at the Jesus is Lord Church in Christchurch, said she knew of similar cases.

Since she started her role at the ministry about a year ago, about 12 Filipinas had talked to her about domestic violence and sexual abuse by their Kiwi partners.

"They're really scared and traumatised coming from a very conservative country," she said.

Duff said she suffered domestic violence when she arrived in New Zealand 12 years ago to live with a Kiwi man.

- The Press

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:58 PM

Yesterday we shared data that shows 1 in 3 young men don’t consider checking a partner’s email or phone without her consent to be domestic violence. From your feedback, we understand that we needed to provide more information about how this behaviour is an example of domestic violence.

When thinking about men’s violence against women, many people think mainly of physical violence. However, abusers use many different types of behaviour to gain and keep control in relationships. The chart below shows how physical abuse relates to other forms of abuse, including controlling behaviours. Checking a woman’s email or phone without her consent is an example of controlling behaviour.

This behaviour can isolate a woman, cutting her off from family and friends and violating her personal boundaries. It is a psychological abuse tactic known as ‘coercive control’. Technology such as email and phones can also be used by abusive men to stalk and monitor women.

For more information about technological abuse and coercive control, we recommend this

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View PostFighter for Justice, on 12 August 2010 - 02:47 PM, said:

For once I disagree with you Hukildaspika! I do not believe Instant Police Safety Orders will do very much to stop violence. I am not a victim of domestic violence. However, any couple/family having any problems will be less likely to call Police for assistance - now that the Police have Instant Police Safety Orders And Memorandums of Understanding with CYFS!

More and more regulation will unfortunately not stamp out domestic violence or even child abuse - it may just drive people underground!

I do agree that people subject to harassment should have fast, workable options open to them to stop the harassment!

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