Home violence targeted as death toll rises

NZ Herald 09 Feb 07
A multimillion-dollar campaign to curb domestic violence is being prepared as homicide statistics show that six women have been killed this year allegedly by their husbands or partners. The move is similar to national campaigns tackling speed on the roads and drink-driving. Twelve people have been killed in the first 40 days of the year, at least half of them women allegedly murdered by husbands or partners.Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare said the number of domestic murders was “an appalling start to the year and an absolute indictment on our society … ” National campaigns on drink-driving and mental health had changed public attitudes, but there had not been a consistent campaign on family violence for years.