The problem of family violence

first_imgEditorial – Otago Daily Times 12 Nov 2012A call to make domestic violence a stand-alone criminal offence provides a much-needed avenue for discussion about a problem still sadly prevalent. Departing Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier, who is beginning a term with the Law Commission, believes a separate charge of domestic violence would provide a more accurate gauge of the extent of the problem in New Zealand and provide a wider context for judges considering the criminal backgrounds of people appearing in court. “We all know that family violence is a huge problem, but we don’t know just how much of a huge problem it is,” Judge Boshier said in his final speech at the Women’s Refuge conference in Blenheim recently. The call follows others made in March, during a trip to Queenstown, including significant changes around protection orders. One of the difficulties calculating the extent of domestic violence is police estimate only 18% of cases are reported. Women’s Refuge figures show almost 25,000 women and children needed its help last year, and refuges provided safe beds to an average of 230 women and children each night. The refuge receives more than 60,000 calls to its Crisisline every year.…A police report released in September challenges some of the gender perceptions around family violence. The Family Violence Death Review found mothers were responsible for 45% of the child deaths subject to a family violence death review from 2004 to 2011. The report, which only involved deaths that were subject to a family violence death review, found victims of family violence were spread almost equally among men, women and children. It also found 81% of female victims and 29% of male victims were killed by a former or current spouse or partner, 64% of all deaths were in families where police had prior involvement, and in 55% of child deaths police had prior involvement with the family. Most suspects or offenders were in their 20s. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the statistics debunked the misleading popular perception “that women and children need to be protected from men”. “If we’re really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about … our violent culture and the role alcohol and drugs play in fuelling this environment.” Prof David Fergusson, of the University of Otago, said the public perception men were the perpetrators of most domestic violence was the result of biased publicity. “The proper message is that both gender groups have a capacity for domestic violence – women probably perpetrate more assaults on children then men do.” Prof Fergusson said the bottom line was “the importance of public policy being based on evidence”. There should be no argument there, but it is debatable whether such evidence – through more accurate statistics on the problem – will actually help solve the problem, particularly given the issue is complex, often involving intergenerational, ingrained and learned behaviours and a cocktail of social and environmental factors.http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/234265/problem-family-violencelast_img read more

Suarez: Football helps me escape

first_img The Uruguay striker hailed the Anfield club’s supporters as crucial to his rehabilitation after the ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. But the 26-year-old said a rhinoceros hide formed during a troubled childhood in his native Uruguay has helped him overcome a string of controversies in European football. Suarez admitted his Liverpool career would have been over had the supporters not welcomed him back into the Anfield fold. The Salto-born forward collected the 2013 Player of the Year award at Monday’s William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Awards at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. He said: “When I was a child I had too many problems, but I could try my best on the pitch. “Once I was playing football I could try my best, because I just love to play football, I play with my heart.” Thanking the Liverpool faithful for warming to him again this season, Suarez rated “coming back to play at Anfield” as his 2013 highlight. He said: “After so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play. “They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this. “It’s very special for me (the award) because my hard work on the pitch is recognised. Luis Suarez credits a thick skin hardened on the streets and football pitches of Salto and Montevideo for his Liverpool redemption. “Everybody knows about my problems and my difficult year, but after that I forgot everything and have been able to get back on the pitch. “Liverpool are starting to reach their potential and we can play our best on the pitch. “It’s very important that we stay together, we keep going, this is very important. “If Liverpool don’t have these players I cannot continue my level, because it’s too much. “They know I am important, so they try everything to stay together, that’s important for me, but it’s more important for the club.” Suarez will face a host of Liverpool team-mates when his Uruguay side take on England in World Cup 2014 in Brazil. After the World Cup draw, Suarez revealed Steven Gerrard texted joking that England were “lucky” to face Uruguay. Banter aside, Suarez knows how tough it will be to reach the knockout stages of the summer extravaganza. He said: “Before the draw I hoped we would not face England. “But when it said we would face England it was unbelievable for me. “Stevie sent a message to me saying ‘we are so lucky’, and we were laughing because it’s so funny. “But now we are concentrating on the league and Liverpool. “I think it’s more difficult at the World Cup, it will be very, very difficult. “Italy, Uruguay, England: they all have good players. “But I think in the World Cup if you want to win, then in every game you must concentrate, and you must focus against every country.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Minors looking to reach decider for second successive year

first_imgHe’s been impressed by what he’s seen of Tipperary.Tipp FM’s build-up to this game begins at 1.15 with throw-in at 1.30.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Jamie Lawlor Crash Repairs, Ard Gaoithe Business Park, Clonmel. Like their senior counterparts they also met in 2015, albeit in the final itself.Tipp coach Mikey Beevans has this assesment of the Tribesmen’s current standing.Jeffrey Lynskey led Galway to the Irish Press Cup just under twelve months ago and is still at the helm of the side.last_img read more