Week 37 – Domestic violence

What I discovered

Domestic abuse is a human rights issue across the world and one of the most serious social issues in New Zealand (police are called to around 200 domestic violence situations a day, and they estimate only 18% of domestic violence incidents are reported).

Globally, women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of domestic abuse. However men are victims too, and I noticed that generally there seems to be little information (and what looks like less awareness) regarding male victims.

The NZ Domestic Violence Act 1995 states that violence can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological. Domestic violence can also include financial or economic and/or spiritual abuse. I found the Women’s Refuge’s list explaining the different forms domestic violence can take was really helpful: womensrefuge.org.nz/WR/Domestic%20violence/Types%20of%20abuse.htm

Action

I met with the two people who established a local organisation called Violence Free Waipa: www.violencefreewaipa.org.nz. Their work with agencies to spread awareness and help families become violence free. I created a Sustainability Plan for them, to help them optimise their limited time and financial resources.

I have also set up a monthly donation to Amnesty International who advocate for and protect human rights around the world: www.amnesty.org

 

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