Western Leader : December 2nd 2010
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The refuge says it will be months before it can return to court to represent victims because it is no longer privy to trial and bail information on domestic violence offenders. For the last seven years the Waitakere police have given the Western Refuge the infor- mation so it can compile statements on behalf of victims. But last week police told the refuge it could no longer provide the infor- mation because doing so could be breaching official police policy. Waitakere police com- mander inspector Gary Davey says it is the only reason they can no longer provide the information. It's not that we don't want to, it's that we can't,'' he says. We want to find a solution as quickly as possible. But I don't think it will be a quick fix.'' Western Refuge chair- woman Linda Cooper says the refuge is meeting with the Ministry of Justice to see if the organisation can join an existing agreement which allows the police and the courts to share information. We are working towards accessing that same infor- mation. It's just red tape holding it up,'' she says. The refuge provided victim impact statements for court, meaning victims did not have to face abusers in court. The information provided by the refuge told presiding judges how a victim was affected by abuse, if they want to continue the relation- ship with the offender and what bail conditions would suit the victim. While the Waitakere courts provide a victim adviser administering a similar ser- vice, the refuge is the last independent victim support service present in Waita- kere's Family Violence Court. Western Refuge chief executive Poto Williams says many victims prefer going to a service independent of the courts and police. She says the refuge is able to provide a holistic service that the courts cannot. We help women access benefits, housing and other social services, not just in the court process.'' Ms Williams says it is diffi- cult to estimate how many victims will miss out on the service while the matter is resolved. It's hard to quantify numbers because it's not just about going to court once with these cases but on our last day in court we helped 15 women.'' She is unsure if the court's victim advisory service will be able to cope with extra workload created by the refuge's withdrawal. It's a very resource inten- sive process and past inde- pendent victim support services have had to with- draw because of that reason. It will have an impact on the courts.'' A Ministry of Justice spokesman says the Waita- kere Court has a fulltime vic- tim adviser. We understand and appreciate the needs of victims so providing them with the support they need is an absolute priority for the ministry.'' Outrageous westie trio pursuing their fortune Proud westies: Janene Laughton, Kim Dawson and Dee Howe have entered Auckland War Memorial Museum's I am Cheryl competition. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY The series is over, but the spirt of Outrageous Fortune's Cheryl West lives on in Auck- land's western suburbs. Westie is a definite cul- ture. You've got to live it to understand it. Actress Robyn Malcolm really captured the essence of it,'' Janene Laughton of Te Atatu North says. Janene, Kim Dawson and Dee Howe are among 68 people who have entered Auckland War Memorial Museum's I am Cheryl'' com- petition. The Outrageous For- tune exhibition opens on December 15. My father's always called me Cheryl since the series started,'' Kim says. I tell him, it's not that I'm like Cheryl -- it's that she's like me. I love that the show was so westie. It was about time someone put a shine on the west,'' she says. Janene says the show allowed people to admit they were having hassles'' with their children. There's always been this stigma about west Auckland. Outrageous Fortune was honest and they've made it ok,'' Kim says. The trio say their day-to- day wardrobes aren't too dif- ferent. Dee says dressing like Cheryl immediately changes her attitude. When I put on these clothes, it's empowering.'' The top 10 entries will be announced next week. Their prize includes a Cheryl-style makeover and tickets to the opening. See www.auck landmuseum.com. Go to www. western leader.co.nz to see the Wests' living room being re- created for the museum and a promo for the exhibition.
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