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Combating family violence a 'shared responsibility'
30-Jun-2015 | Shine News
|3 News| Organisations against family violence are concerned at New Zealand's rising rates of reported cases and say all of society must pitch in to combat the problem.
Police investigated 101,981 instances of domestic violence in 2014, according to statistics released today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC), a figure up from 95,080 instances reported the year before.
"It's a bit upsetting to see [the figures] still going up, but if reporting's going up that's probably a good thing – we want more reporting but it's no surprise to us, put it that way, in terms of the overall number of investigations," says Women's Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury.
"This is actually an all-of-society, an all-of-community issue. This is very much a shared responsibility. "We'll do our bit, police can do their bit, courts can do their bit – everyone else has got to chime in as well," she says.
The figures showed that 37 percent of the instances led to an offence being recorded.
Holly Carrington, a spokesperson for Shine, a charity helping victims of domestic abuse, says despite the higher rate of investigations, family violence is not necessarily on the rise.
"There is really no way to know if prevalence is actually increasing as so much of the problem is still hidden. There is far more demand for our services than we are able to meet, so again, it is hard to tell whether that actually translates into an increase in prevalence."
She agrees with Ms Jury that family violence is shared responsibility.
"We need as many people as possible – in Government, government agencies, the health sector, schools, and throughout the community – to recognise just how serious the problem is and be willing to get involved and be part of the solution."
The data also showed the resolution rate in 2014 had decreased from previous years, meaning fewer investigations led to someone being apprehended over an alleged crime.
In 2014, 82 percent of 7163 recorded male assaults female offences were resolved, a decrease from 93 percent in 2008.
There was also a decrease in the resolution rate of people breaching protection orders; last year 83 percent of the 6103 recorded offences were resolved, down from 90 percent in 2008.
Jill Proudfoot comments on high-tech stalking risks for victims
30-Jun-2015 | Shine News
|One News| Growing fears in Australia over the number of men stalking their ex-partners using technology has led to concern in New Zealand as similar cases increase on this side of the ditch.
One young Australian mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said she fled her volatile relationship but her ex-partner had tracked her using a GPS device hidden in her daughter's toy doll.
"I said you shouldn't know where I live and he said 'you live at this, and this is the address of the refuge' and I said how the hell do you know where I live?"
Another woman was tracked after her ex-partner planted an iPhone in her car.
Tracking behaviour is increasing in New Zealand and is a worrying trend for Jill Proudfoot from domestic violence abuse charity Shine.
"It's one of the really high risk behaviours because it's usually a person who is obsessively jealous and wants to know everything about what that targeted person is doing," she said.
She said women needed to be aware of tracking apps that may be on their smart phones.
"Those apps can be removed from phones it's just a matter of knowing they're there and getting the right person to help."
We need volunteers for Shine's annual Warriors Game Day
29-Jun-2015 | Shine News
It’s nearly time again for Shine’s annual Warriors Game Day! Shine is a charity partner of the Vodafone Warriors, and this is an annual event where we can raise up to $10,000 to help victims of domestic abuse to get safe.
It’s also a fabulous opportunity to tell thousands of people just how bad the problem of domestic abuse is and how Shine is making a difference.
Would you like to help us to do that?
We need 20 of our most outgoing and highly motivated volunteers to help collect donations at this event. So if you enjoy talking to all kinds of people and you’re not afraid to ask strangers to donate to help stop domestic abuse, we need you!
The game will be on Saturday August 1 at Mt Smart Stadium: 2 Beasley Ave, Penrose. You would be needed between 2pm and 8pm – but we would confirm the time soon.
A bonus is that most of the fundraising is done before the game starts, and all of our volunteers at the event get a free ticket to stay and watch the Warriors play!
If you are interested in volunteering for Shine’s annual Warriors Game Day, please contact:
Bell Gully Community Programme
23-Jun-2015 | Shine News
Top New Zealand law firm Bell Gully is making a huge difference for victims of domestic abuse through its Pro Bono and Community Programme. Read how they supported Shine in this snip from the latest issue of 'A Helping Hand', Bell Gully’s Pro Bono and Community Report:
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