Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Women’s Refuge statement about the NZFVCH Data

Women’s Refuge statement about the NZFVCH Data embargoed for release 6am June 30th

Highest number of Family Violence Investigations recorded says Women’s Refuge

Women’s Refuge believes the number of family violence police investigations released today by the NZFVCH show the highest number of family violence investigations since records began.

“When you think that Police estimate they receive only a relatively small percentage (between 13-20%) of all reported incidents then family violence is a huge concern in this country,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury.

“It is also accepted that on average a woman will not call the Police until she has experienced around 20 violent incidents, so under reporting is a significant and ongoing issue this society needs to respond to.”

However, Women’s Refuge says the high number of investigations underlines what a significant and prevalent issue domestic and family violence is in New Zealand. “This data shows how pervasive this issue is in New Zealand and the level of response and attention the issue needs.

“We have long standing concerns around the low number of family violence related police investigations that eventuate in an offence being recorded,” says Dr Jury. “The data shows that an offence is recorded in only 37% of investigations and that is very low, especially given that as a general rule, family violence is only self-reported when the offending or threat is perceived to be significant or at the high end of seriousness by the victim.”

She says the latest statistics do nothing to alleviate these concerns, “although we are hopeful that the current family violence change programme being rolled out within the NZ Police will go a long way to address the police's approach to family violence.”

Women’s Refuge has also raised concerns about the increasing use of Police Safety Orders in family and domestic violence incidents. “However, Women's Refuge is now working with the Police around PSO implementation training and believes that this will assist in ensuring that all calls for service are responded to appropriately.”

“We also note that the resolution of recorded offences for breach of a protection order have dropped from 90 – 83% since 2008. “We find this concerning and believe it further underlines the need for the internal training programme the NZ Police has recently begun,” says Dr Jury.

The number of male assault female offences is low, as is the resolution rate, and this remains a concern for Women’s Refuge. “We acknowledge that the Police are looking at these issues as part of their internal change programme and look forward to seeing an improved resolution rate.”

Dr Jury, however, said that it was timely the data was released on June 30th, “today is the eve of Women’s Refuge Annual Awareness and Appeal month-long July Campaign and this data serves to show how important all our work is in preventing and responding to domestic violence in this country.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>

 

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>

ALSO:

Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels