Reporting Of Crime Improving
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 APRIL 2008
Increase In Crime Statistics Shows Reporting Is Improving
Tau Huirama, Jigsaw CEO Strategic Relationships, believes the increase in the reporting of violent crimes has a positive spin on a negative issue. It shows that the public are getting better, braver and not accepting that violence is ok and are reporting crimes when they occur.
This follows Police statistics released today which show a 12.3 percent increase in violent crime, of which most are linked to family violence.
Mr Huirama thinks that this shows more people are becoming aware of domestic violence and that family violence is not ok.
“In the past people would not talk about this issue, but times have changed. People are realizing now that “It’s Not OK” for family violence to occur in any circumstances. I would like to think that the increased awareness of the issue has been the result of the ‘Its Not OK’ campaign which has all helped to educate the public in supporting this campaign when people have issues then remember that “It Is Ok” to ask for help.”
“It is important that we continue to talk about family violence and make people aware that it is not ok to abuse anyone. If you have any concerns about the safety of anyone in your community please call the ‘It’s Not OK’ helpline on 0800 456 450, or visit the Jigsaw website, (www.jigsaw.org.nz) to find a Jigsaw agency in your local community.”
“If we all think about reporting to help develop a safer community, then we are part way to helping our children to grow and to flourish.”