### ODT Online Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Editorial: Prevention and protection
OPINION For all our supposedly progressive actions and attitudes, modern New Zealand retains many of the hallmarks of a frontier society. This is perhaps most apparent when it comes to violence, which is prolific, despite decades of initiatives to combat this stain on our national character. Violence against (predominantly) women and children in the home is an everyday occurrence for far too many, random violence features far too frequently in male nights out. News headlines attest to the scale of the problem, significant police and legal resources are dedicated to its prevention and aftermath, and the repercussions for victims can be lifelong. Our macho mentality and heavy drinking culture contribute, as do inequity, injustice and alienation. Our easy-going Kiwi brand has an angry, aggressive, uncivilised underbelly. Desperation and despair make it hard to care about others. Violence becomes intergenerational and entrenched, a part of the nation’s psyche.
Video: Shane and Maggie | Sara Lewkowicz 4 years ago
A preliminary cut of a piece I am working on about domestic violence in one home. View at https://vimeo.com/58257854
In 1976 Hubbard House opened its doors as the first shelter for victims and their children in Florida. In the past 34 years, Hubbard House has evolved into a nationally recognised full-service, certified domestic violence centre providing programmes and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. Hubbard House objectives are (1) safety for the victims and their children, (2) empowerment for victims, and (3) social change through education and advocacy. Hubbard House, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, pregnancy, genetic information, disability or any other legally defined characteristic protected by law.
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