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Brenda Pilott Engineering Domestic Violence Research

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,General — Downunder @ 4:24 pm Tue 8th April 2014

Brenda Pilott

It is becoming increasing obvious that PSA secretary Brenda Pilott is actively involved in engineering ‘domestic violence in the workplace’ research to support changes to employment law.

Apart from what has been produced by Suzanne Snively (previously posted here) this is the only other New Zealand ‘research’ that I have found.

A thesis ‘The Impacts of Domestic Violence on Workers and the Workplace’ submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH), The University of Auckland, 2013 by Margaret Michelle Rayner-Thomas.

A self-report questionnaire modified from the Australian Domestic Violence Workplace Rights and
Entitlements Project (McFerran, 2011a) was distributed by the New Zealand Public Service
Association (PSA) to 10,000 randomly selected members. A total of 1,626 valid responses were
received (16% response rate). The data provided was descriptive and was compared using chi-square
analysis according to age, gender, sector of the PSA, employment type, and employment role.

The PSA is the country’s biggest union with a make up of 70% Woman, the valid responses mentioned above were 75% women.

This thesis draws on other research to support the following view:

Estimates vary, but overwhelmingly, domestic violence is perpetrated by men against women.

(Flood, 1999; Flood, 2006; Garcia-Moreno, Jansen, Ellsberg, Heise, & Watts, 2006; Khan, 2000; Kimmel, 2002;
UNICEF, 2001; Watts & Zimmerman, 2002).

Naturally women are excused for their violence toward men:

Women’s violence towards men tends to be resistant violence that occurs
either in self-defence or in retaliation to abuse she is experiencing at the hands of her male partner,
while men’s violence against women tends to involve more acts of terrorism, control, and extreme
violence (Johnson, 2006).

Where is all this headed:

There is a case to be made in New Zealand for legislation on the basis discrimination. The Human
Rights Act (1993) makes discrimination because of specific attributes (gender, sexual orientation,
race, family status) illegal. Such legislation could offer protection for workers under the auspices of
one of the protected classes. Some researchers have suggested that employers be held liable if they
have not taken action to ensure a victim of domestic violence is safe while at work and an incident
of domestic violence occurs since it has a clear gendered component (Johnson & Gardner, 1999).
Another option is to expand the attributes covered in the Human Rights Act to include “victim of
domestic violence’ as a protected group.

Watch out for Green’s List MP Jan Logie and her member’s bill

This Bill is an omnibus Bill. It amends the Domestic Violence Act 1995, Employment Relations Act 2000, Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Holidays Act 2003, and Human Rights Act 1993 with a view to enhancing legal protections for victims of domestic violence.


  1. How does one justify a ‘Womens Network’ within a Union (PSA) which is 70% women?

    A case may only be made for a ‘network’ when that ‘network’ is less than 20% and a better case when that network is less than 10%. And i hope that all funds poured into the network are fully disclosed on the unions annual publicised accounts.

    Comment by Feminist = hater of males including her own sons obviously. — Wed 7th May 2014 @ 9:01 pm

  2. National pulls support for Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence Bill

    This post will give you a good idea of how much research actually went into this bill.

    And how it was produced by a few well known Feminists using the PSA to fund the process.

    Comment by Downunder — Sat 12th May 2018 @ 7:27 am

  3. I see some comments around the 1.5 Billion economic boost.

    Same principle is applied here.

    1. Blame men for ‘Something’
    2. Produce “Some” research.
    3. Make a 1.5 billion myth
    4. Women are advantaged in some way
    5. If they are not they have the right to be hostile
    6. Men get attacked for non-compliance with the individual woman’s interpretation of this.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 24th May 2021 @ 12:03 pm

  4. This story is growing legs of its own …

    “Margaret Rayner-Thomas, was the lead investigator, and undertook the work as part of a Masters in Public Health at … “

    At some stage someone is going to look at Auckland University and say, “It was you that produced this crap.”

    Comment by Evan Myers — Mon 24th May 2021 @ 2:13 pm

  5. They got there way on this subject.
    With the workplace DV law, that got passed into law.

    Clearly though she is a corrupt researcher.
    Only those with DV as an issue, would have participated.
    Even if just a political bias,
    Hence her pool of humans to study.
    To get the results she wanted.

    Plus if you look at her research examples.
    She is using just as biased research to back up her research.
    IE intentionally corrupt, research.

    Any look at DV quickly shows its mostly, a women caused phenomenon.
    Dunedin longitudinal study as an example.
    38% of females will be Physically violent.
    22% of men will be physically violent.

    Commensurate with my look at research yesterday.
    Only a Jury can be the judge, of this subject.
    The judiciary are to corrupt to be trusted.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Mon 24th May 2021 @ 5:34 pm

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