Domestic Violence

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Floyd Mayweather appeared in a cold open sketch on The Late Late Show, with host James Corden. Photo: CBS


Floyd Mayweather has a disturbing history of domestic violence

You can?t criticize Donald Trump in one breath and cajole a serial domestic abuser in the next.

Last Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!?to President Donald Trump,?calling out the commander-in-chief?for his appalling defence of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and pleading with Trump voters to admit they were wrong. It was a fairly de rigueur performance when it comes to this new wave of politically conscious late-night hosts?a choir of voices that pride themselves on calling out social and political injustices.

And then, mere minutes after giving Trump a vicious tongue-lashing, Kimmel welcomed that night?s big guest: Floyd ?Money? Mayweather, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The undefeated (49-0) champion is currently making the rounds to promote his August 26 bout against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, an event that?critics have labelled a shameless money grab.

Kimmel lightly ribbed Mayweather about his reputation for throwing around absurd sums of money (Mayweather confessed to once owning a Brink?s truck to haul all his cash) and, during a particularly cringe-inducing exchange, couldn?t contain his giggles while questioning why Mayweather doesn?t receive lap dances from the entertainers at his strip club.

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Shakti Wellington need more help due to increase in migrant and refugee population

After the murders of two migrant women in Wellington due to domestic violence ( Sarwan Lata Singh and Mei Fan)?Shakti Wellington opened a refuge in 2014. Last year it it helped over 350 women, with over 200 of their referrals coming from the police. Shakti advocates say they need government funding because of the growing migrant population and because their safe house is at full capacity.

Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Shakti; meaning strength; works to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women of colour. It supports women to overcome the barriers that come with migration and inter-generational bonds of cultural oppression. Led by ethnic women for ethnic women, Shakti is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights of both women and children and advocating social change.

The government?do not fund the safe house despite the government being responsible for the increase in the migrant and refugee population. By increasing the migrant and refugee population they are also increasing the amount of domestic violence.

As the women at Shakti point out in the radio interview, “one size does not fit all” as these women come from a different culture and have a ” different?worldview” and have traditional and cultural barriers that they face so mainstream safe houses are not suitable for them. What they will not spell out but what is pretty obvious to me is that they are talking about Muslim migrant women and Muslim refugee women.

It is worth considering that although domestic violence occurs in families from many different ethnicities in New Zealand none of them requires their own special refuge to deal with their ” different worldview.” Ethnicity is clearly not the problem. The problem is the religion or culture of these migrant and refugee women.

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The story of John Wayne Bobbitt and his former wife Lorena. More than 23 years ago, she sliced off his penis as he slept and threw it into a field, in order to stop him assaulting her. ?Their volatile marriage, filled with allegations of abuse and infidelity, came to a gruesome conclusion when, in a fit of rage, Lorena took the one thing most precious to her husband and committed the one act every man fears the most.?

Looking Back at the Bobbits Trials and Tribulations

It?s been 23 years since the infamous crime and 22 since Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted of it. Numerous allegations supported by both the prosecution?and?defense attorneys ? and, yes, prosecutors and defense attorneys ? painted the problems in paradise down to the last gruesome detail.

Revenge fascinates all of us, but let’s face it-we have a particular appetite for stories about supposedly feminine young women getting mad and then getting even.?A woman who gets even with her man is the stuff of fantasies about women. In terms of the odds of its actually occurring, it probably ranks right up there with other unlikely events that populate the male imagination. The beautiful woman with the knife or the gun is a dangerous extension of an icon we recognize: the femme fatale.

Women are less likely to stick the heads of vanquished enemies on stakes outside the city than men are, but that doesn’t mean the aftermath of their anger is actually swept away. Just because women don’t put heads on spikes, in other words, doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t like to.

In the early ’90s, a young couple from Virginia were involved in a story that many people will never forget. In June 1993, 24-year-old Lorena Bobbitt became known as the woman who cut off her husband’s penis with a carving knife.
On the night of the infamous assault, Lorena says her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, came home drunk and sexually assaulted her, a charge he denied.

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Did she leave the house without her husband’s permission?

In stark contrast to women in the West, Moroccan women did not get the right to divorce their husbands, to child custody, to child support or to own and inherit property until 2004.

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Why is it a company’s role to stop domestic violence?

I knew Jackie Blue was a bleeding liberal who cried at the drop of a hat. Word is she cried frequently in caucus.

So it is no wonder that she has come up with the lunatic idea that employers should be doing something to address domestic violence.

Employers who adopt?a family violence policy could go?beyond saving money – the move could save lives as well.

As part of ?Friday’s White Ribbon Day, the?Human Rights Commission launched a campaign aimed at encouraging businesses to introduce a family violence policy in their workplaces.

As domestic violence affected?one in three women, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said ?hundreds of businesses around New Zealand would be feeling the effects as well. ? Read more »

Who knew that collective bargaining could end domestic violence?

Apparently only the unions and the ILO:

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Wife beating ratbag now wants your money


A wife beating ratbag wants your hard earned tax money because the poor petal was held in jail longer than he should have…or so he thinks.

A former inmate who was held in jail for longer than he should have been has filed a compensation claim against the Corrections Department in the High Court.

Michael Marino was jailed for 22 months on domestic violence and other charges and should have, by his calculation, been released in January this year, based on his time on remand.

When that did not happen, he took legal action that went from the High Court all the way to the Supreme Court. ? Read more »

National’s cunning strategy


Just like the “housing crisis” is a problem that can’t be solved, and provides Labour with a stick to beat National with, family violence will be a topic that can’t be easily solved and Labour can hardly be “against” it.? The best they can do is disagree with National’s ideas.?? But they must be “for” reduction of violence in society, and “for” measures to assist that.

From the perspective of the opposition, this is a damn slippery topic to get any serious hits in on, while National can continue to flood the media with heroic stories of how they are not happy and how things will improve. Read more »

If you are Maori, it’s safer to get a non-Maori partner


Maori are three times more likely to be killed by a partner than non-Maori, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act.

The figures, released to Newstalk ZB and covering the years between 2009 and 2013, show Maori are almost three times more likely to be killed by their intimate partners than non-Maori or non-Pacific peoples. They’re also two and a half times more likely to be offenders in intimate partner homicide cases. Read more »

Michael Woodhouse refuses to discuss migrant domestic violence until New Zealanders fix their own problem

I still don?t understand how it can be government policy to allow people to come to live here who have a clear and stated aim to treat women as subordinate to men. ?And that?s before any abuse. ?

And then, when they?re here and they carry on their own culture under the guise of multiculturalism and tolerance, a National minister’s retort to a genuine concern is to say, ?Bah, like Kiwis can talk. We bash the shit out of women too much ourselves.? ?

I can?t describe how angry and betrayed I feel by National when it comes to unrestrained and poorly thought out immigration policy.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said New Zealand was not in a position to judge the 400 visas issued each year for women to enter the country for an arranged marriage.

He was responding to a question at the National Party conference in Christchurch from a delegate concerned at domestic violence cases within arranged marriages going through the Manukau District Court.

“When we are talking about family violence, I am not sure that we as a country can hold our hands up and say ‘we are good enough to judge those cultures’,” Woodhouse said. ? Read more »