Judgement Daze by Trevor Plumbly

On the ropes I’ve always held the view that NZ has an almost benign attitude towards blokey-type violence, but now it’s official! Statistics show we’re right up there with the major players when it comes to domestic punch-ups. That’s pretty amazing really, maybe we should add home bullying to the list of ‘we’re just a small country’ plaudits that we roll out for sporting success. Along with Women’s Refuge, Shine and Rape Crisis there must be dozens of underfunded semi-official agencies operating purely as a safety net for those desperate or brave… Read More

Whatever Happened to Outrage by Trevor Plumbly

Swings and Roundabouts New Zealand is a green and peasant land on the face of it, relatively crime free by most other standards and, if the tourist publicity image is to be believed, populated by easy-going folk with a love of the great outdoors, rugby and livestock. But, like everywhere else, we’ve got our dark spots and, just like everywhere else, we’re not quite sure what to do about them. We basically operate under the British system, which god knows has tried for centuries to get to grips with crime. Hanging, hard labour,… Read More

Aspects of Domestic Violence by Angela Caldin

Startling Statistics I woke in the night not long ago and was listening half-asleep to the radio. Suddenly, I jolted wide awake when I heard the following frightening statistics: two women per week are killed by current or ex-partners, and one in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence of some degree in their lifetime. It is estimated that less than half of all incidents are reported to the police, but they still receive one domestic violence call every minute in the UK. There is no doubt that it is… Read More