Posts Tagged ‘family violence’

Adopted daughter assaulted at child’s christening for passing on family name

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Matalena Sowman assaulted her adopted daughter in church, as she was christening her son, for giving the child the Sowman family name. The 55-year-old Blenheim woman approached her daughter who had been standing at the front of the church, stood in front of her then took her infant son and passed the baby to someone Read more

Family violence – New Zealand’s hidden pandemic

Monday, November 29th, 2021

There’s the Covid pandemic – we all know about that; and then there’s the hidden pandemic. That’s the one where New Zealanders bash each other up. Preferably their nearest and dearest. The hidden pandemic’s the one Matt and Sarah Brown, founders of global anti-violence movement She Is Not Your Rehab, have spent years working to Read more

White Ribbon barbecue in Timaru against family harm

Monday, November 30th, 2020

More than 200 people attended a White Ribbon barbecue in Timaru to show their support against family violence. Free barbecue food was provided to members of the public, and served by the Rapid Relief Team, in a tent outside Mitre 10 Mega on Friday. Te Rito Collaboration co-ordinator Michelle Thew said some people at the Read more

Domestic abuse victims say no to ‘no-fault’ divorce settlements

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Domestic abuse victims are speaking out about no-fault divorce settlements that see their abusers entitled to 50 percent of the marital property. Sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars change hands. Some say they paid for the property while their spouse abused them and paid for little or nothing. One woman said her ex-husband was laughing Read more

Contributing to social change

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Churches in New Zealand have a long history of taking strong positions in the public square on social justice. In a well known example, William Rutherford Waddell found great inequalities and deprivation in the St. Andrew’s parish of Dunedin during an economic downturn in the 1880s. He was determined the church should make a difference Read more

Man-Up programme has never been banned from prisons

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has denied Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s claims that the Government has stifled his attempts for the church to work in prisons. He echoed comments made earlier by Justice Minister Andrew Little, who said Destiny had never actually made a formal application to partner with the Government to work in prisons. Read more

Elder abuse is the hidden face of domestic violence

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
elder abuse

It is easy to forget, when meeting older people in our lives – parents, grandparents and others – that they are so much more than what we see in front of us. As we age, we become the accumulation of a life’s worth of wisdom and experience. Unfortunately, the price of that wisdom is too Read more

Safe house against family violence in PNG province

Monday, February 26th, 2018
Family violence safe house

Nuns in East New Britain are setting up the first safe house for victims of family violence in the Papua New Guinea province. The Daughters of Mary Immaculate Sisters (FMI) Sisters are setting up the safe house because of a local family violence problem.. They’re working in partnership with the Archdiocese of Rabaul and non-governmental Read more

Enquiry into violence in Samoa – Churches must be involved

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Samoa’s Ombudsman,Maiava Iulia Toma has announced there will be a national enquiry into violence in Samoa. He said village councils and the churches have to be brought into the act and an enquiry would help expose weaknesses in the system. Toma was speaking at  a major gathering for Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers in Apia. “We Read more

Domestic Violence: Huge numbers of protection order breaches ‘tip of iceberg’

Friday, August 12th, 2016

New Zealand has the worst rate of family and intimate-partner violence in the world. Eighty per cent of incidents go unreported — so what we know of domestic violence in our community is barely the tip of the iceberg. More than 12,000 Kiwis have repeatedly breached court orders to stay away from their victims, and Read more