Saturday, 12 July 2008

Tony Veitch

"I will talk to an employment expert about Tony Veitch's employment situation"
"So media expert, what implications does this have for TVNZ?"

Tony Veitch broke his ex-partner's back. The most important issues here aren't about employment or media, but abuse. Kristin Dunne-Powell, was always treated as tangential to the story, but quickly Tony Veitch's abuse also became invisible. The process stories analysing who would do what soon overtook anything substantive.

So I feel the need to talk about some basic facts about abusive relationships:
  1. Abuse and violence within relationships tends to escalate.
  2. Abuse isn't about losing control of yourself, but about gaining power and control over your partner.
  3. After a relationship has broken up is the most dangerous time for women in abusive relationship.

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