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Southern Police District: Declining Family Violence Callouts

Press release: Southern Police District: Declining Family Violence Callouts. Over 25% of Victims Are Male.

- Duncan Eddy, 13 March 2019

Police recorded a steady drop in the number of family violence incidents in The Southern Police District over the four years from 2015 to 2018. Figures released by Police last night under the Official Information Act show that recorded family violence callouts across the entire Southern Police District dropped from 1024 in 2015, to 818 in 2018. Charges were laid following 76% of the 2018 callouts, up from 66% in 2015.

The proportion of recognised male family violence victims in the Southern District has also dropped. Males made up 31% of the victims of recorded family violence incidents in 2015, dropping to 26% by 2018. The Police figures show that Southern District Police are also increasingly less likely to lay charges in family violence situations where the primary victim is male.

Southern Police District encompasses all of Otago and Southland, and parts of south Canterbury.

Male Survivors Advocate Duncan Eddy, of Dunedin, say men and boys affected by family violence deserve a fairer go from the Government, NGOs and Police.

“When it comes to funding of family violence resources, the plight of boys and men is largely overlooked. There’s no 0800 number for male victims, and you’d be hard pressed to find an NGO with the capacity to deliver support to men.”

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