Western Leader : March 18th 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS The best value in the West. Quality two-bedroom cottages now available from just $225,000. Fancy an affordable retirement lifestyle in a quiet part of Blockhouse Bay? Then Metlifecare Powley makes perfect sense. This friendly, well-established village sits on the slopes of the Manukau Harbour, it is close to local shopping centres, and has bowling clubs, Titirangi Golf Club and other community facilities nearby. Like every Metlifecare village, Powley is a safe place to call home and if you need extra assistance with day-to-day living, we also have a great range of care options available. To see this peace-of-mind living for yourself, simply give us a call to arrange an appointment. www.metlifecare.co.nz REV4910 CONTACT US TODAY 09 817 0464 135 Connell Street, Blockhouse Bay Spotlight on abuse of disabled Anti-abuse: Raewyn Smith wants domestic violence against the disabled to end. Photo: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD Raewyn Smith is fronting a campaign on a nasty subject: Domestic violence against disabled people. It's a subject that's close to the Massey resident's heart. She's one of the people fea- tured in a campaign launched this month. It's being run by Domestic Violence and Disability, which is a coalition formed by Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Shine and Waves -- Waitakere Anti- Violence Essential Services. Women's Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says inter- national research shows women with disabilities are much more likely to suffer from domestic violence than other women. Given that the 2005 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey an estimated 30 per cent of women had experi- enced partner violence in their lifetime, the figures for disabled women could be much higher,'' she says. Ms Smith says people need to acknowledge the issue. It's time to put it on the table as a serious problem and talk about it until change happens. Domestic violence is so prevalent out there and I think its bigger than what the polls and surveys suggest.'' She says abuse of disabled people comes in many forms. It's not just punching and slapping it can be someone withholding finances or neglecting people when they need care. What defines abuse is any- thing that takes away from your dignity, self respect and your human rights. She says one of the biggest obstacles to disabled victims of abuse coming forward is the fear of not being believed. Victims seldom come for- ward themselves so if some- one comes to you and tells you they are being abused take them seriously and believe them,'' she says. She encourages victims to speak out. If you are a victim of viol- ence find someone you can trust, someone who believes abuse occurs and who will take you seriously.'' She says some disabled victims of abuse fear they will not receive help from social services if they come forward. There is that fear that if they complain about a carer that they will be blacklisted.'' Debbie Hager from Dom- estic Violence Disability says women with physical or men- tal disabilities experience higher rates of physical, emotional and sexual abuse than other women. She says despite this they are frequently left out of dis- cussions about domestic viol- ence service provision. Physically disabled women are often not asked about domestic violence and mentally disabled women are often blamed or seen as the reason for the abuse. There are lots of wonder- ful existing services out there but none that have the funding to provide the specialised care that disabled victims need.'' Ms Hager says it's a sad reality that there are women that become disabled because of domestic violence. Women can become physically disabled through head injuries, internal injur- ies, broken limbs or mentally disabled through the stress that comes from an abusive relationship.'' Call the Family Violence information line on 0800-456-450. IN BRIEF Man sought Police are searching for information on an assault at the Kelston Mobil station. The incident happened on January 2 when a member of the public was thumped on the chest after a heated exchange with another man. The victim was not injured. Henderson police hope the man pictured can help with their investigation. Call constable Paul Larsen on 839-0735 if you can help. Children's day West Lynn Garden is hosting a children's day out on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The garden has a butterfly house and there will be plenty of monarch butterflies to see. There will be live music, a sausage sizzle, maypole dancers, face painting, plant sales and chalk drawing on the footpath. Children are encouraged to dress up. Entry to the gardens is $2. The Garden is at 73 Parker Ave, New Lynn. The rain date is March 27.
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