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Jane Drumm: The rise in domestic violence reporting
15-Mar-2017 | In The Media
Shine's General Manager Jane Drumm has 35 years’ experience working with Shine and previously as a Probation officer. She says that family violence reporting is increasing, but also argues that violence in general is on the rise.
Survivor speaks out for Light It Orange
06-Mar-2017 | Shine News
He threatened to strangle her, stalked her, broke into her home, would text death threats to her, shoved furniture into her, dragged her through the house and spat on her. The woman, who didn't want to be identified, told 1 NEWS she finally wanted to speak out.
Westpac's Partnership with Shine
02-Mar-2017 | In The Media
Westpac has partnered up with Shine to launch an online education portal
for businesses to raise awareness with their employees.
Gina Dellabarca, GM of HR at Westpac joins Ali Mau to talk about Westpac's work in this area and how Shine can help other businesses.
Angela Bloomfield directs advert for Light It Orange
13-Feb-2017 | In The Media
Woman’s Day feature: Former Shortie star of 24 years recently took on the role of directing Shine’s TV advert for Light It Orange. The experience of working for Shine, she says, has been a refreshing change and an overwhelmingly positive project – but it’s sobering too.
Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill up for vote soon
03-Feb-2017 | Shine News
Jan Logie's bill will allow victims of domestic violence in employment to take paid leave if needed. The bill will most likely come up for a vote on March 8th - please contact your MP now to urge their support for this bill, find out how here: www.parliament.nz/…/get-involved/have-your-say/contact-an-mp
A number of Australian states have put this into state law and research there shows only .02% of employees are using this leave provision. But for that .02%, this leave may make a major difference in helping them to remain employed while going through a crisis.
Social Media apps and the increase in protection order breaches
27-Jan-2017 | Shine News
An increase in protection order breaches on
social media is proving a challenge for family violence agencies, police and
Jill Proudfoot from Shine said she knew of one case where a man photographed himself with a gun and sent a Snapchat to a woman, threatening to kill her.
Read more here
Westpac NZ helps tackle domestic violence
25-Jan-2017 | Shine News
In December, Westpac NZ, in partnership with Shine, New Zealand’s largest non-profit organisation that helps people who’ve suffered from domestic abuse, launched an online education portal that businesses can use to raise awareness of the issue with their employees.
UK law makes coercive control a punishable offence
18-Jan-2017 | Shine News
Family violence survivor: 'Christmas was HELL'
13-Dec-2016 | Shine News
Over five years ago, Kate began ringing Shine's Helpline and eventually she left her abusive husband of 15 years to stay in Shine's refuge over the Christmas holidays. "He was very, very controlling ... It always felt like we were walking on eggshells, I was so afraid but I got used to it, it became a way of life for me. It started with psychological and emotional abuse and once he had reduced me to a point where I was so feeble and weak - then he started with the physical abuse."
"Kate wanted other victims of abuse to know that whatever their story - they could get out, there was help and support available and all they had to do was ask."
Family violence: Crisis lines already spiking as refuges gear up for holidays
13-Dec-2016 | Shine News
Calls to Shine's Helpline have already started to surge as it gets closer to the festive season. Family violence spikes over December and January every year.
Victims are not only women, but statistics show that women and children are the most harmed in family harm situations. A Shine advocate said, "Everyone that engages with our advocates expresses their relief at finally finding someone who understands and their happiness at what support we are able to provide them. They are extremely happy that they finally got around to making the call.
Family violence: 'It's possible I would have killed my Mrs'
13-Dec-2016 | Shine News
Family violence: 'Just pick up the phone, we could save your life'
13-Dec-2016 | Shine News
"Pick up the phone. We can change someone's life forever," she urged.
"Pick up the phone and talk to us, we will work with you, we can help.... We will listen. We will meet you where you are at, where you are comfortable.
Employers urged to adopt family violence policy
25-Nov-2016 | Shine News
This White Ribbon Day, Shine joins the Human Rights Commission to encourage employers to address family violence - one of NZ’s biggest human right issues. Today the HRC released this first video in a series, featuring Holly Carrington from Shine and organisations which have implemented family violence policy.
“Shine has assisted employers for many years to create workplaces that are safe and supportive for victims of domestic abuse through DVFREE, which recommends creation of a policy as a starting point. DVFREE also helps employers raise awareness amongst staff and provides training for key staff so they know how to support employees who disclose abuse safely and effectively,” Westpac and The University of Auckland stand out as two DVFREE partners who have gone beyond introducing a policy to ensure that staff know more about the issue and how to access support.
Read more on DVFREE here.
Businesses and workplaces encouraged to adopt policies that address family violence on Live News
Businesses and workplaces encouraged to adopt policies that address family violence on Foreign Affairs.co.nz
Abuse has many faces for women
23-Nov-2016 | Shine News
When women come to Shine for help after a physical assault, it’s often revealed that they’ve also been psychologically abused for years, says Jill Proudfoot.
Jill is client services manager at Shine, the charity which has made it its mission to stop domestic abuse in New Zealand. She says psychological abuse encompasses all the strategies used by a person who wants to control someone else, make sure they can’t exert their own free will, and create fear and anxiety about what might happen next.
It can take the form of threats, intimidation, constant texting to see where the person is, monitoring email activity, checking finances and online presence. Isolating a person by cutting them off from their friends, or spreading rumours about them, such as saying they have mental health issues, is also common.
Read more here.
You don’t deserve this
22-Nov-2016 | Shine News
Irka Omoboni-Soulat, who has worked for Shine, helping victims of domestic violence, for 11 years, reckons women often reach a turning point when she connects with them.
For the first time, they feel they’re being heard and believed, Ms Omoboni-Soulat says. Once they reach that point, they often need her expert knowledge and networks, and also simply her ‘‘fresh eyes’’.
‘‘Sometimes women get stuck because they’ve come to see the abusive behaviour as normal,’’ she says. ‘‘They often think they’re going crazy – they’ve been told that so many times, and their partners are experts at mind games. ‘‘We can be their reality check and say, ‘You are not crazy, that is not normal, you don’t deserve this’.’’
Daughters speak of abused mum
17-Nov-2016 | Shine News
'Gutted' Louise Nicholas says Paul Henry needs more education about sexist behaviour
31-Oct-2016 | Shine News
Survivor advocate Louise Nicholas says she was "gutted" by Paul Henry's latest comments about women and would be happy to give him some "education" about sexism.
She said the TV3 breakfast host's comments to Herald writer Greg Bruce about the "perfect titties" of a woman at a nearby table during an interview for Canvas magazine were "disgusting".
"I've done a number of interviews with Paul Henry around sexual violence and he's been extremely good and knowledgeable, and that's why it's so disappointing that he has gone so far as to say that about women," Nicholas said.
She did not agree with commentator Brian Edwards that the Canvas interview should be "career-ending" for Henry, but she said he clearly needed more education.
Read more on NZ Herald
Read Paul Henry: "I meant no harm" article on Stuff
Kristin Dunne is trying to make a difference by helping prevent domestic violence.
27-Oct-2016 | In The Media
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It is this phrase
that Kristin Dunne
and Lesley Elliott hope will help
women suffering domestic
The pair met following the
tragic case of Elliott's daughter,
It is a case well known. The
22-year-old was murdered in her
own bedroom by an ex-boyfriend
she had just ended a five-month
The relationship had been
punctuated with what are now
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It was after Sophie's death
that Dunne, now Tourism Bay of
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Sophie's mother, Lesley Elliott,
Read full article here.
Hammer assault: Auckland husband who beat wife was allowed to walk free
03-Oct-2016 | In The Media
Changes to family violence laws
14-Sep-2016 | Shine News
Belinda Henley talks to Shine's Holly Carrington about the Prime Minister's announcement of an overhaul of NZ family violence law. More than 50 changes will be made as part of a new drive by the Government to cut the high rate of offending. The changes include more support for victims and the creation of new offences.
- Watch NZ Herald clip with Holly Carrington
- Watch TVNZ Q+A with Graham Barnes on panel
- Listen to the Newstalk ZB clip with Jane Drumm
- Read the Guardian article with comment from Jane Drumm
Government announces plan to house family violence perpetrators
18-Aug-2016 | Shine News
Justice Minister Amy Adams said the scheme is a stepping stone to solve the country's greater family violence issue.
Family Violence: Huge numbers of protection order breaches 'tip of iceberg'
15-Aug-2016 | In The Media
Silent cries - interview with Jill Proudfoot
05-Aug-2016 | In The Media
Jill Proudfoot, Client Services Director for Shine, says there are over 200 ethnic groups who have come through their services, and she agrees that there are multiple layers of issues around cases of violence against children. Take a look at this documentary where Sonia Sly investigates the causes and triggers behind abusive behaviour towards children, its connection with domestic violence, and the role that women play in child abuse.
NZ Fashion stars work together to raise awareness of family abuse
10-Jun-2016 | Shine News
After being deeply affected by the recent death of Moko Rangitoheriheri, a collection of NZ’s biggest fashion designers have joined forces with social change-makers Angela Bevan and Adam Bryce to launch La La La magazine – a one-off fundraiser initiative for Shine, a leading NZ specialist domestic abuse service provider.
La La La, named after Moko’s favourite song ‘La La La ‘by Naughty Boy & Sam Smith, will feature a series of portraits of Kiwi kids wearing clothing from New Zealand’s top designers who have come on board to support the project – Zambesi, Kate Sylvester, Karen Walker, Nom*D, Huffer, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Eugenie, Ingrid Starnes, Wynn Hamlyn, and Paris Georgia.
Click here to read more. Click here to buy La La La a zine for Moko. Click here to read the New Zealand Herald article.
Shine speaks out about Moko's mother
01-Jun-2016 | Shine News
Last night we brought you the story of Moko's mother Nicola Dally-Paki. Moko Rangitoheriri is the young boy who was tortured and killed by two people who were supposed to be looking after him. Ms Dally-Paki was at Starship Hospital caring for her other son at the time. The story raised many questions about how her situation has been handled. Online and social media feedback has been extraordinary and there were good questions but for legal reasons, not all can be answered. But one organisation has decided to speak out. Like Child Youth and Family, Shine deals with family abuse cases but it's conclusions about Moko's mother were very different to CYF's. Story went to find out why.
Click here to watch the video.
Tauranga to take stand against child abuse
27-May-2016 | Shine News
Tauranga is joining the nationwide march against child abuse this weekend. 'March for Moko' will be held in Papamoa on Sunday afternoon, with all those wanting to stand against child abuse invited to attend. The 'I will march for Moko' campaign was started by a group of like-minded mothers around New Zealand, sparked by the violence which killed 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri. Click here to read more at nzherald.co.nz.
Waikato woman tells her story of domestic abuse
27-May-2016 | Shine News
Margaret hadn't cooked his tea, she hadn't done the dishes and she hadn't wiped down the bench. "I was just so, so tired. I lay on the bed with my filthy, dirty cowshed clothes on and went to sleep."
Bill came in at 11pm and saw the mess. Margaret had never, ever left the kitchen like that before. "He came down to the bedroom and he belted the s--- out of me." Click here to read more on stuff.co.nz
Family violence: 'Some people's lives are just horrible'
13-May-2016 | Shine News
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 family violence in our community is barely the tip of the iceberg. Today is part six of We’re Better Than This, a week-long series on family violence. Click here to read more at nzherald.co.nz.
Family violence: 24 hours on the front line
12-May-2016 | Shine News
Anna Leask spent time with police, Shine and in the Family Violence Court in Auckland City speaking to those tasked with responding to family violence on the front line, to give readers a ground-level insight into what is happening behind the doors of far too many New Zealand homes. Click here to read more at nzherald.co.nz.
Family violence: 'He held a chainsaw to my neck"
12-May-2016 | Shine News
The turning point: An abuser's story
12-May-2016 | Shine News
He knows first hand about perpetrators because he was one. While arguing with his partner many years ago, he strangled her. Now he is committed to helping other men change their behaviour.
Click here to read more at nzherald.co.nz.
Next Magazine May Issue - The Silent Scream
09-May-2016 | Shine News
New Zealand's family violence stats are the among the world's worst - and women are overwhelmingly the victims. Too scared to leave, often ignored or blamed when they do speak out, many live daily in fear of their lives. But could proposed law changes begin to address our shameful record? Click here to read more in Womens Weekly. Click here to read more of Simon Days article in Next Magazine.
Jane Drumm speaks about provocation defense
02-May-2016 | Shine News
A Porirua woman was sentenced to home detention for manslaughter after hitting back at her abusive partner. Shine executive director Jane Drumm says in these cases, people are usually victims of extreme violence, and the law then re-victimises them.
Timaru Boys' High students go orange for Shine
18-Apr-2016 | Shine News
Timaru Boy's High School students and staff were hard to miss on Friday. They swapped their shirts and ties for orange onesies, fluoro vests, and wigs, all to take a stand against domestic violence.
Domestic violence doesn't know postcodes
23-Mar-2016 | Shine News
Shines Jill Proudfoot and Mary McGee talk about working for Shine and dealing with domestic violence on a daily basis. Tackling the enormous problem of domestic violence can start with a simple word of encouragement, Mary McGee says. "Don't give up hope," she tells those caught in the grip of abuse. Don't give up believing that you can be safe. You deserve better than this."
Read more here at Stuff.co.nz.
Chef Phoebe Clinton-Baker goes all out to support Shine
21-Mar-2016 | Shine News
A domestic violence survivor says she still finds it hard to "find the right words" and break the silence and shame that goes with violence in the home.
Phoebe Clinton-Baker said she can remember, at age five, her father beating her mother, while she was verbally abused throughout her childhood.
Read more here.
Shine's former client 'Jessica' has just spoken about her experience of domestic abuse.
10-Mar-2016 | Shine News
One of Shine's former clients 'Jessica' has just spoken about her experience of domestic abuse to Mark Sainsbury on RadioLive. Her story makes it clear that domestic abuse can happen to anyone and shows why it can be so hard to leave an abusive partner. To listen to the story click here.
Listen to The Edges' Guy, Sharon and Clint talk about Orange Friday
29-Feb-2016 | Shine News
Stop asking victims to protect themselves
26-Feb-2016 | Shine News
In its fifth report, the independent Family Violence Death Review Committee called for radical changes to how government and non-government organisations respond to family violence in order to reduce abuse and deaths. Thirty percent of New Zealand women experience physical violence at some point in their lives - the highest rate of all 14 reporting OECD countries. Shine's Jill Proudfoot says it "beggars belief" that some victims were still being told to keep themselves safe.
Questions again raised around protection orders in NZ after Mei Fans murder
17-Dec-2015 | Shine News
Alison Mau talks with SHINE Executive Director Jane Drumm on protections orders in NZ, after Mei Fan took out a protection order the day before she was murdered by an ex-partner.
Rosealee Wells talks about Shine and what it's like working in the refuge
11-Dec-2015 | Shine News
Rosealee Wells works for Shine in our North Shore refuge. She has a postgraduate degree in Psychology and has worked as a Youth Worker in both the North Shore and South Auckland, in this interview she talks about her daily life working for Shine and her passion for helping others.
Law Commission reviews defences for victims who kill
13-Nov-2015 | Shine News
Increase of beneficiaries registering as victims of domestic abuse
10-Nov-2015 | Shine News
Legal Aid rules hurting domestic violence victims
20-Oct-2015 | In The Media
Shine spokeswoman Jill Proudfoot comments on the danger of domestic abuse victims not having proper legal representation. Legal experts say hundreds of victims of domestic violence can't get protection orders because of tough legal aid rules.
Cruelty at home escalating - Shine
02-Oct-2015 | Shine News
Savagery of domestic violence shocks those dealing with victims but New Zealanders ‘turning a blind eye'. The NZ Herald's police reporter Morgan Tait interviews Shine's Mary McGee, Holly Carrington and a former Shine client.
Another 'crime of ownership'?
01-Oct-2015 | Shine News
The murder of 22-year-old Parmita Rani in Auckland prompted a High Court judge this week to condemn the attitude of men who claim "ownership" over their partners. We ask again: when will this country say enough's enough?
Immigration NZ: Chris Brown is not eligible to enter NZ
30-Sep-2015 | Shine News
Shine spokeswoman Jill Proudfoot said she had mixed feelings about Brown coming to New Zealand. "He is coming to this country where we've got a really serious domestic violence problem. People, whether he likes it or not, see him as a role model. We don't want that kind of role model here," she said.
Ms Proudfoot believed people could change and men with domestic violence convictions should not be repeatedly punished if they had taken genuine steps to make amends. "Change is possible. But no, I don't think he should be allowed in - unless he has made genuine reparation and changed his behaviour."
Better information for judges making family violence bail decisions
27-Aug-2015 | Shine News
A new pilot programme will soon see judges making bail decisions automatically receive a new report on defendants’ family violence history, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced. From September 1, the trial will see Judges in Porirua and Christchurch receive a Family Violence Summary report which details all recorded family violence incidents involving each defendant. It includes police safety orders or protection orders, as well as any breaches of these. Interviewed on Radio NZ's "Checkpoint," Shine’s Jane Drumm said that New Zealand has the worst record of domestic violence among OECD countries but this is a significant step forward.
Shine responds to MOJ's proposed tough new domestic violence laws
05-Aug-2015 | Shine News
The Ministry of Justice recently released a breakthrough discussion document presenting a wide range of ideas in order to better ‘keep victims of family violence safe and hold perpetrators to account’. Some of the ideas in the discussion document are:
• Establishing a set of stand-alone family violence offences which will help Government track family violence cases in the courts
• Creating an additional pathway for victims and perpetrators who want help, but are not yet involved in the criminal justice system
• Updating the legal definition of domestic violence, with one idea to more clearly explain the concept of "coercive control"
• Requiring Police to arrest for all breaches of protection orders, where there is sufficient evidence
• Establishing funding for applications for protection orders so victims to not have to pay to keep themselves safe
• Clarifying when information about family violence cases needs to be shared so privacy laws are not a barrier to safety
• Repeat family violence offending taken into account during sentencing
• More prominence to victim safety in related legislation such as the Care of Children Act and bail and sentencing law We commend the Ministry and Minister Amy Adams for such a forward thinking document and we strongly support the proposals that put a stronger legislative focus on safety for victims.
Because these statistics are just shocking:
* New Zealand has the highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the developed world
* 41 per cent of police response time is spent on domestic violence. In 2014 they responded to 100,000 incidents
* Every five minutes, one notification for family violence is made to Police
We believe that New Zealand absolutely needs to shift towards adults and children having the right to safety, over and above an offender’s right to natural justice or access to their children.
We also support legislative changes to clarify that safety trumps privacy in guiding decisions about sharing information on cases involving domestic abuse.
Jane Drumm, Shine’s Executive Director says,
“We totally support the proposal that the police make an arrest whenever there is evidence of a Protection Order breach. We also support the proposal for repeat and serious family violence offending to be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing. There need to be changes in the law as well as policies of police, courts and other agencies that recognise that family violence is a pattern of coercive control.
In my nearly 18 years working in this sector, I have never seen anything like this document. It is heartening that it contains such a raft of important proposed changes, and more importantly that these changes are being led by 16 Government Ministers in a whole of government approach on this issue. These and other proposals in the document would give a very strong message that society does not tolerate domestic abuse.”
Blessie case: Can GPS tracking keep the public safe?
29-Jul-2015 | Shine News
Information has been released regarding the history of criminal offending of Tony Douglas Robertson, who has been found guilty of raping and killing Blessie Gotingco by the Auckland High Court.
In light of this, Shine's Executive Director Jane Drumm, a former probation officer, said she wanted GPS extended to more ex-prisoners.
But she admitted it was not perfect, and nothing could protect the public from a dangerous criminal like Robertson.
Self-defence plea review 'overdue'
20-Jul-2015 | Shine News
|Radio New Zealand| "Some situations have arisen that have been profoundly unjust on the person who committed the homicide because she had come to the stage that she was so terrified that she couldn't see another option," says Jill Proudfoot, Shine's Client Services Director.
Advocates for battered women say a Law Commission review of whether victims of family violence who kill their abusive partners should be able to claim self-defence is long-overdue. The commission is also considering whether a judge should impose a lesser penalty if an abused person is still convicted of murder.
Jane Drumm tells the Shine story
09-Jul-2015 | In The Media
|Cath Vincent Show| Jane Drumm, Shine's Executive Director, talks about her journey with Shine, how Shine has grown as an organisation, and her insights as Shine's leader for over 17 years.
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."
Jill Proudfoot, Jeremy Hansen interviewed on 'Newsworthy'
15-Jun-2015 | In The Media
Family violence occurring in high socio-economic households in New Zealand is the theme of a recent collaborative project between 'It's Not OK' and the glossy, Home Magazine. TV3's new late-night news show ‘Newsworthy’ talked to Shine Client Services Director Jill Proudfoot Home Magazine editor Jeremy Hansen to shed more light on the issue. Watch the 11 June episode here.
Baxter Foundation helps Shine respond to victims of domestic abuse at Auckland Hospital
04-Jun-2015 | Shine News
Thanks to Baxter International Foundation, Shine can now respond better and faster to hospital patients who screen positive for domestic abuse. Baxter is funding a new hospital-based Domestic Violence Social Worker role within Shine beginning this month, for two years. The new Domestic Violence Social Worker will be based at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital and boosts the longstanding partnership between Shine and Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).
Bikers unite against family violence
14-Apr-2015 | Shine News
Leathered men on Harley Davidsons isn't how you would usually describe charity supporters.
Thanks to kids charity "Shine", Auckland's motorbike community is out in full-force.
Grant Brett of Shine says,“If I can help in any way, help children basically become better people without violence in their own homes as they grow up later on in life then I think I've achieved something.”
Domestic abuse helpline: 'If one person phones, telling my story will be worth it'
30-Mar-2015 | In The Media
TV star speaks out in support of domestic abuse charity
Sitting next to her partner in a crowded bar, Katherine Kennard focused her attention on the TV screen.
It was always the safest option.
Except on this night, when another man innocently stood between her and the TV - and her partner saw him.
"That was a bad night," the former Nothing Trivial actress said as she spoke publicly for the first time about the four years she was trapped in an abusive relationship.
Kennard is a familiar face on TV screens after playing the scheming ex-wife of Nothing Trivial lead character Mac and for her roles on Underbelly, Spartacus and Street Legal.
Now she has starred in a short film for national domestic abuse charity Shine. The film was shown at the organisation's 25th birthday celebration last night, at which June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp - killed by partner Oscar Pistorius - spoke.
Steenkamp, Longley meeting: Helping to heal
30-Mar-2015 | In The Media
Parents Mark Longley and June Steenkamp talk about the loss of their daughters Emily Longley and Reeva Steenkamp.
The parents of two bright young women brutally killed at the hands of their partners say raising awareness of domestic violence has helped them heal.
Steenkamp's 29-year-old daughter Reeva was killed by her boyfriend and sports star Oscar Pistorius in his Johannesburg apartment on Valentines Day in 2013.
The South African model and law school graduate had been with the double-amputee Olympian, known as "Blade Runner", for three months when he shot her dead in his bathroom.
And Mark Longley's 17-year-old daughter Emily was strangled by her partner Elliott Turner in 2011 in Bournemouth, England.
June Steenkamp: 'It's something that I have to do'
23-Mar-2015 | In The Media
June Steenkamp says work with domestic abuse prevention networks will create a legacy in honour of her daughter Reeva. Reeva was 29 when she was killed by her boyfriend, South African olympian Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day, 2013. Now, Mrs Steenkamp hopes sharing what her daughter went through will help other women speak up, or ask questions of their friends and family to try to prevent domestic violence.
Steenkamp Story to be told in NZ
24-Feb-2015 | In The Media
June Steenkamp to speak at domestic violence charity dinner.
Her daughter was shot dead on Valentine’s Day 2013 by one of the world’s most famous athletes.
Now June Steenkamp - the mother of Reeva Steenkamp - is coming to New Zealand to share her experience of the effects of domestic violence.
Mrs Steenkamp is the primary guest speaker at a black tie dinner in Auckland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shine, New Zealand’s largest domestic abuse prevention service registered as a charitable trust.
Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp’s boyfriend of three months, was found guilty of killing her in the Johannesburg apartment they shared.
Reeva’s mother June sat silently through Pistorius’ trial following which he was convicted of culpable homicide, effectively manslaughter under New Zealand law.
He was sentenced to a maximum five years in prison with the possibility of serving the rest under correctional supervision after 10 months*.
Mrs Steenkamp has since written a book – Reeva: A mother’s Story – and is active in addressing the global scourge that is domestic violence.
Shine’s The Light at the End of the Tunnel black tie dinner on 28 March at the Heritage Auckland Hotel is the only public speaking engagement in New Zealand by Mrs Steenkamp.
Domestic violence is truly a global issue and June Steenkamp’s book does not hold back when it comes to pointing the finger squarely at Pistorius for his alleged violent behaviour.
It’s acknowledged that South Africa is a violent country. But New Zealand figures show we too have our dark side, mostly hidden away in the privacy of family homes.
Every six minutes our police attend a domestic abuse incident (2014 statistics). And new provisional figures released to Radio New Zealand show the country's rate of reported family violence has changed little in the past 12 months.
One in three women is physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Every five weeks a NZ child is killed by a member of his or her own family.
Shine says there needs to be more action in battling domestic violence and it is working hard to ensure we have safer homes in New Zealand every day.
The fundraiser celebrating 25 years of Shine is being hosted by radio personality and writer Kerre McIvor and includes a three-course dinner and a glass of bubbly, beer and wine.
There’s also live entertainment, thought-provoking guests speakers including June Steenkamp, and a charity auction.
Find out more about the 25th anniversary black tie dinner and book tickets here: www.eventfinder.co.nz
Shine events during March include:
• Orange Friday, 13 March: www.orangefriday.org.nz
• Shine’s first-ever annual street appeal – every Thursday to Sunday during March.
• 25th anniversary black tie dinner 28 March.
About June Steenkamp
June Steenkamp is originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, and moved to Cape Town with her first husband. She married Barry Steenkamp in the summer of 1983 and gave birth to Reeva, her 'late lamb' a year later. Reeva, the couple’s only child together, came as a surprise, when June was in her late 30s. June is a warm and humorous grandmother, and loves her squabbling dogs. She is deeply religious. “We’re just ordinary people. We’ve had an ordinary life, a lovely life with the horses and the animals we love, and we’ve got lovely friends.” In 2014 she published her book Reeva: A mother’s Story about her daughter’s death and the subsequent trial of Oscar Pistorius.
Stay in touch with Shine
• To find out more about Shine visit www.2shine.org.nz
• Follow on Instagram @orange_friday
• Use the hashtag #helpthemshine during the month of March.
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The cost of domestic violence
22-Feb-2015 | In The Media
Philippa Tolley looks at whether progress is being made on dealing with New Zealand's shocking domestic violence statistics. Shine’s Jill Proudfoot and Liz Flaherty are interviewed extensively about Shine safe@home.
Shine's domestic abuse Helpline uses interpreting service to assist callers
18-Feb-2015 | In The Media
20 February 2015
Holly Carrington talks to World TV (Chinese) about Shine’s services including the free Helpline, which makes use of interpreting services to assist callers who are ESL speakers.
Every 6 minutes the NZ Police attend a domestic abuse incident
30-Jan-2015 | Shine News
30 January 2015, NZ Herald
You are not alone. Everyone has the right to be safe at home.
At Shine we help anyone who is living with the fear of violence or abuse in their home. Many people who are being treated badly feel as though they are doing something to deserve the abuse. This is never true. Nobody deserves to be called names, insulted, humiliated, kept away from family and friends, controlled, hurt or frightened.
There is a direct relationship between domestic abuse and child abuse. Children who live in a home where there is fear are always affected by it. When you are ready, Shine can help you to take steps to keep yourself and your children safe and secure.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are afraid for your safety right now, call 111. If you would like to talk to someone about your fears or concerns, phone our Free Helpline at 0508 744 633.
Get involved and donate now to help stop domestic abuse.
White Ribbon Day: Shine's Men's Stopping Violence Programme
23-Nov-2014 | In The Media
25 November 2014, Radio Live
Andrew Patterson talks to Aaron Steedman, Coordinator for Shine's No Excuses - a men's stopping violence programme who help men from all walks of life to look at their lives and pull back from being abusive.
Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
21-Nov-2014 | In The Media
23 November 2014, Yahoo! NZ News
SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families Through Intervention Network) and the White Ribbon Campaign are behind this initiative to call attention to the message that violence against women is unacceptable.
GP urges screen for family violence: It's not as hard as you think
03-Nov-2014 | In The Media
5 November 2014, NZ Doctor Auckland
GP Gabrielle Moss, comments on the need for more screening of family violence in general practice and explains how staff at Orakei Health Services have incorporated family violence screening into routine general practice. Staff have been trained to ask screening questions and make a referral to appropriate expert services such as Shine.
Oscar Pistorius trial highlights issue of domestic abuse
10-Sep-2014 | In The Media
12 September 2014
Scoop In the wake of the Oscar Pistorius trial, it is vital for the public to understand some facts about domestic abuse. Perpetrators will often keep the violence private so that the public, and even close friends and family, will often believe that he is nothing but charming.
Fall in family violence charges alarms groups
06-Jul-2014 | In The Media
8 July 2014, NZ Herald
Shine's Executive Director Jane Drumm said prosecutions had also dropped because of new prosecution guidelines issued by the Crown Law Office in 2010, and updated in 2013, which "raised the bar" of evidence required for prosecutions. The new guidelines encouraged prosecutors to make "plea arrangements" with defence lawyers where "releasing the saved costs in court and judicial time, prosecution costs and legal aid resources [could] be better deployed in other areas".
New family violence measures 'a validation for victims'
30-Jun-2014 | In The Media
2 July 2014, Voxy
The Ministry of Justice announced a package of new Government initiatives aimed at addressing family violence. "I am more than delighted with everything on the list. They are practical and are a giant leap forward in the way our criminal justice system responds to domestic abuse in this country," says Jane Drumm, Shine’s Executive Director. Jane also gave this message in an interview on Prime News (Sky News).
North Shore Refuge frees women and children from the grip of terror
29-Jun-2014 | In The Media
Channel Magazine, Issue 45, July 2014
Shine’s North Shore Women’s Refuge, the only refuge serving the North Shore community, is a life-saver for women and children caught in the grip of terror by an abusive partner or father.
“Thank you very much to Shine, who provided such an opportunity to be a better, more informed youth worker to the young people and whanau I work with around the issues of domestic violence.” a Shine client
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