Jigsaw eNews November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 3:45 pm
Press Release: Jigsaw
eNews November 2012
Two recent cases have shown that
speaking up about abusive behaviour is really hard - even
for the experts.
Jigsaw's SKIP Dad and Family Coordinator
Quentin Solomon recently saw a man being intimidating and
abusive towards his female partner in the Wellington suburb
Quentin was in one of about 20 cars stuck in
traffic, but he decided to get out of the car and walk
towards the couple. He could tell that other people in their
vehicles felt uncomfortable with the aggressive actions
shown by the man.
The first thing he said was "Is
everything okay?" The man told him everything was fine and
told him to go away. But the woman looked scared and Quentin
decided the situation looked hostile. He called 111 and
asked for the police.
Within five minutes a police car
responded and Quentin later was interviewed by the police
about what he had seen. "It took about 20-30 minutes of
questioning, but it was worth it to know that the woman
involved was safe and unharmed."
In the Sunday Star Times
recently columnist Michael Laws wrote of how he witnessed a
woman yelling obscenities at her two small children after
school in Whanganui.