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


Police Issue Domestic Checklist For Christmas

Hitting home this Christmas

Christmas should be a happy and joyful time for people and their families; but all too often it is a stressful period when relationships come under a lot of pressure and the potential for family violence increases, says Inspector Rob Veale, National Violence Reduction Manager.

Police would like to remind people in the community that the first step in reducing violence in New Zealand homes begins with a change of mind.

"Domestic violence survives when there is silence – when people believe that it’s private and personal, that it’s not their business," says Inspector Veale.

"If you have concerns about someone who may be a victim of violence, speak out. Talk to your local police about it - we all have a part to play in preventing family violence."

In 2001, over half of all murders recorded in New Zealand were family or domestic violence-related. While the total number of murders has been coming down since the late 1980s, family violence homicides have not followed this trend.

"Police have introduced a 12-point risk assessment checklist to help police in dealing with domestic abuse. Domestic violence homicides are the most predictable and therefore present the greatest opportunity for prevention. Through reviewing cases in New Zealand and learning from the best examples internationally, we hope to reduce death and serious harm."

Inspector Veale says the 12-point checklist helps assess whether family violence victims are likely to be seriously harmed -or even killed - by their partners.

12-point Family Violence Checklist
• The suspect is obsessed with, dependent upon, or is stalking the victim.
• Recent separation, issue of a court order or divorce and responding in a dangerous manner.
• The victim believes the suspect could injure or kill them.
• The offender has strangled or attempted to strangle the victim.
• There is a history of family violence and it is getting more severe or increasing in frequency.
• The offender has threatened to commit suicide or to kill the victim, children or other family members.
• The suspect has access to weapons, particularly firearms and has used, or threatened to use them. They may have convictions involving weapons.
• The offender has easy access to the victim’s children or other family members.
• Children are in the home when the violence occurred or have been hurt or threatened with family violence.
• Incidents of animal abuse.
• History of alcohol or drug problems/dependency.
• History of violent behaviour against non-family members.

"People in the community together with police and other agencies can help prevent tragedies. By contacting the police about your concerns, it provides a greater opportunity for early intervention and helps police to keep victims safe and hold violent offenders accountable for their actions.

"Police are committed to reducing family violence and we need the community alongside us to make it happen," says Inspector Veale.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels