One News November 25, 2009
International violence against women day is being marked in New Zealand with nationwide events. White Ribbon Day on Wednesday aims to highlight the problem of domestic violence. This major event being held this year is the white ribbon Motorcycle ride, starting in Wellington and finishing in Northland.
Meanwhile, Family First Director Bob McCoskrie says the anti-violence message is being undermined by the media culture. He says the media, pornography and advertising industries are normalising unacceptable behaviour while the country is trying to tackle it. McCoskrie says the use of violence against women as the punch line in television comedies such as Family Guy and American Dad also trivialises the seriousness of the issue. He says higher standards around violent and sexual content in the media are needed if we are to tackle family violence.